Few people know that the list of options for each model, BMW has a point «European Delivery», it means that you can take your car directly from the factory BMW. In Russia, such a service is used by small, but in the U.S., people often arrive in Munich for his car. Today I will tell you about one American named Janitha, who made the trip to his homeland BMW, to pick up the iron horse.
He purchased a 335is – the car in the U.S. combined with yellow reflectors on the bumper and miles on the odometer – and traveled on her floor of the Old World, through the scenic Alps in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Later he would write on the site: “10 days of pure bliss.”
It’s fair to say that few automobiles have ridden atop their segment for as long as the BMW 3 Series has managed. Admittedly, there have been occasional frights from other German automakers or the odd Asian upstart, but it’s as if Munich’s engineers long ago brokered some sweetheart deal with the devil, so total has been the range’s dominance. All of which has made it particularly tough for U.S. enthusiasts, as we’ve seen seemingly dozens of tempting higher performance specials and intriguingly efficient offerings pop up over in Europe and elsewhere, yet these models never seem to make their way into U.S. showrooms. Forgive us, then, for being slightly giddy at the prospect of this 335is, the first North American exclusive 3 Series in, well… eons.
Based on the freshly facelifted sixth-generation 3 Series, the 2011 335is will be available in both coupe and folding hardtop convertible forms beginning this spring – but we just couldn’t wait that long to get behind the wheel. Thankfully, BMW was kind enough to slip us the keys to a pre-production example on Portugal’s Estoril raceway as a dessert course of sorts at the launch of their new 5 Series sedan. Follow the jump to read our full slate of impressions.