Record economic growth in Singapore has boosted the buying power of city state’s residents, enabling them to afford any luxury car. One such resident is Francis Goh who looks at the S$340,000 ($260,000) price tag of a BMW 335i convertible in a Singapore showroom and doesn’t mind that it is five times what the same car costs in the U.S. Goh thinks that BMW’s price is reasonable but he is also considering a Mercedes-Benz E200 or Audi A5 to replace his Subaru Impreza WRX.
Buyers in Singapore are unfazed that a 24-fold increase in the cost of a car permit has inflated costs. The government in Singapore wants to reduce the number of new autos on sale and as a result, the prices are set to rise even further. Singapore seeks to limit auto sales as a way to reduce curb pollution and congestion and so it has raised spending on public transport.
The number of new car licenses has also been reduced. Last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledged to invest S$60 billion over 10 years to double the size of the subway network. Vivek Vaidya, automotive and transportation director at researcher Frost & Sullivan, said that high customer disposable incomes are fueling the demand for cars in Singapore. Vaidya believes that the reduction in permits will “put the prices in upward spiral.”
Still, if you don't like this convertible you can choose the 335is! Powering the BMW 335is is the brand’s well-known inline-6 twin-turbocharged "N54" engine that is made of aluminum and has a 3.0-liter displacement. With the Double-VANOS stepless valve timing, High Precision direct fuel injection, and the advanced Digital Motor Electronics engine control system, the engine performance is enhanced further.
For both the Convertible and Coupe versions of the BMW 335is, the engine includes a heavy-duty cooling system and it even has special software that allows the engine to maintain a 320-horsepower nominal output with torque at 332 lb.-ft. At certain circumstances like undergoing high-speed or high-load manoeuvers or even when overtaking other vehicles, the temporary overboost can be activated which increases the torque to 370 lb.-ft. though horsepower is still at 320 horsepower.
Since higher power and increase torque means that the engine components experience higher loads, various items, like the cooling system, were upgraded to match this. On the back of its left-side front air intake, an extra radiator was added as well as a powerful electric cooling fan. For the two models, the front fascia has large openings in order to enhance the air flow to its coolers. The brand though put special attention on the Coupe as it has a higher chance of experiencing spirited driving. To make this possible, the foglights that are present in the Convertible have been removed in the Coupe to ensure that the air opening is as large as possible.
This results in a considerable increase in the effective cooling capacity compared to the BMW 335i Coupe. In order to make sure that the BMW 335is continues to have reliable and constant power even when under the most unforgiving of driving situations, the brand had to take specific measures. For example, instead of engine mounts, stiffer units were installed and thus help in reducing deflection when running under high G-loads.
The BMW 335is has a top speed that is limited electronically at 150 mph. For the Coupe version, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds using the optional 7-speed DCT. Using the manual 6-speed though, it can go from standstill to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. On the other hand, the Convertible version can run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, whether it is fitted with the 7-speed DCT or the 6-speed manual.
The maximum output of 320 horsepower is possible at 5,900 rpm while the nominal peak torque at 332 lb.-ft. can be attained between 1,500 and 5,000 rpm. Under certain high-load circumstances like when overtaking other vehicl es at higher speeds, peak torque can be increased temporarily to 370 lb.-ft. For the BMW 335is Coupe, the drag coefficient (Cd) is measured at 0.30 while the BMW 335is Convertible has Cd at 0.31.
While the EPA fuel efficiency estimates for the two models will be made available near the on-sale date, the expectation is that it will be close to the figures on the BMW 335i Coupe and BMW 335i Convertible. Its vented brake rotors have the same size as those on the BMW 335i with the front measuring 13.7 inches and the rear ones at 13.2 inches.