BMW 335i vs Mercedes C55 AMG

posted Jul 24, 2009, 10:21 PM by Quentin Ballard Tremeer   [ updated Mar 18, 2010, 11:05 PM ]
 
My wife was away with the kids and I decided to look for a “family supercar”….. I test drove the BMW 335i (new) and Merc C55AMG (second hand)………… similar pricing
The BMW 335i is good in the curves….. but hold her with both hands …… or she will hurt you ……
 
Have you driven a Lancia Delta Integrale lately? It’s similar to the 335i in driving experience……… roller coaster handling and acceleration…… but ….. If driving the manual ……...start with one hand on the gear lever and one hand on the wheel or you will have to slow your pace slightly to take your hand off the wheel to change gears. The guy I bought my 323i E90 from (see my article My late, not so great, BMW 323i E90………..) used to race Stannic Group N and took an E90 M3 and a 335i coupe round the Kyalami race track. His time difference in both was 0.5 seconds apart and he said that the 335i actually felt faster …. Having not driven the M3 myself, he tells me the 335i is more fun, as “the power is less linear and that turbo just grabs you”………… BUT…….. like other E90’s with sports packs you need a kidney belt…………… because of the run flats. The M3 doesn't have run flats, which helps with comfort, and I have subsequently found that the 18inch wheels on the 3 series for some reason are more comfortable.......... much debate as to wether this is due to lower profile side wall having less steel in it or the larger radius of the wheel ironing out the bumps.
 
If you want the BEST service and price you will ever get at a BMW dealership in Johannesburg, phone Corrado Cousins at Cedar Isle BMW. 079 715 3376 OR 011 367 1600
I am not making money out of referring you to him. He simply is the best car salesman I have EVER dealt with. On one occassion he drove me 35km to work when his bosses refused to let their driver take me. On another he leant me his own car for two days when the dealership gave me a long story about no more courtesy cars. This, all before he knew I had a website with a readership. Tell him Quentin sent you.
 

The C55 AMG is guaranteed to give you a thrill, once you start getting to grips with her, but conservative and practical under normal circumstances. The AMG is faster than the 335i on paper (sea-level testing) and you can drive it at high speed, through fast moving traffic, the same way you would drink tea at the country club…….. with your thumb and forefinger ……………. However ………round sharp corners it does not give you that precise feeling you have in the 335………………


  Check out the review of my own:

                                 "Late, not so great BMW 323i E90 ?"

                     or the "Z4 iDrive vs the Audi TT s vs Porsche Boxter"

or email me, Q at carcritic@iburst.co.za and have your say!
 
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