2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: I Want More Motor
December 1, 2014
Our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has a peach of a motor. There's a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder under hood that spins out 240 horsepower and 255 lb-feet of torque. It's butter-smooth, free-revving, produces power across its entire RPM band, clears 60 mph at the same time as a Lexus IS350 (5.9 seconds) and just isn't enough for me.
If I were buying a BMW without any prior knowledge, I'd test out a 328i and say "Wow, this is great. Tons of power. I don't need to spend $5,400 for 60 more horsepower."
But I do have prior knowledge. I've driven our 328i extensively and each time, right around day 2 of driving it, I find myself with the pedal to the floor wishing I had more power and I've driven enough x35i cars to know that the 3.0-liter I6 keeps me pretty satisfied.
We haven't tested a 335i xDrive Gran Turismo, so we're wading into bench-racing here but we've generally seen that upping from the x28i to the x35i subtracts about a second from quarter-mile and 0-60 times. More than that, the x35i cars feel really fast.
A second might not be worth $5,400, but that feeling of having more power than you need is priceless.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 18,580 miles