The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series (F30) continues to be the benchmark for the upscale midsize car segment. The new 3 Series has set the bar higher than ever with features that offer easy information gathering, high comfort and discriminating style.
The H&R BMW 335i sedan project takes in all that the new BMW has to offer on a global scale. The project started with a call to Pat Womack at Laurel BMW of Westmont, IL to order a BMW 335i for European delivery, and so began the H&R Wanderlust Euro Tour 2012. The new BMW 335i was picked up at the BMW factory in Munich and we proceeded on a whirlwind tour around Europe. Autobahn driving through Germany, a tour of Paris and the French countryside, and of course driving on the world famous Nürburgring can all be seen at http://hrsprings.com/wanderlust/tour.
When the H&R BMW 335i arrived in Bellingham, WA, the master tuners at H&R Special Springs went to work installing special aftermarket upgrades on this exciting project. First to go on was a BMW M Performance Aerodynamics Package which includes a special M front spoiler with splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. These cool body parts really give it that M touring car look. Also from the BMW M Performance parts program are Brembo high-performance 4-piston aluminum calipers in front and 2-piston aluminum calipers for the rear in bright orange featuring the BMW M logo. The large vented disc rotors are drilled and slotted for improved thermal resistance.
H&R then added their awesome new Street Performance Coil Over suspension specifically engineered for the BMW (F30). The H&R Coil Overs are set at lowering height of 1.4” front and 1.6” rear enhancing the look and making driving even more fun. Lowering your BMW with H&R Street Performance Coil Over improves chassis dynamics and provides that cool H&R stance.
A set of the new O.Z. Ultraleggera HLT wheels in special white 20x8.5”, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were supplied by the Tire Rack. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, size 235/35ZR20 front and 245/35ZR20 rear, fill the BMW wheel wells perfectly. The Pilot Super Sport tires are original equipment on BMW M cars and their traction plus high performance are a great match for this project. The large 20” wheels in white contrast nicely to the mineral grey metallic body of the 335i.
Inside, the interior features WeatherTech® FloorLinerDigitalFit® accurately and completely lining the interior carpet giving “absolute interior protection!” Digital laser measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit. A patent pending High-Density Tri-Extruded (HDTE) material allows for a rigid core for strength while offering surface friction to the carpet, as well as tactile feel to the surface. They look great and keep the 335i interior carpet looking brand new. We also added a sporty BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber Gear Shift Knob with a matching Alcantara Shift Boot giving a little more luster to the silky smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission.
The H&R BMW 335i sedan project will continue its H&R Wanderlust Adventure on the back roads of the western U.S. on the way to SEMA 2012.
2012 BMW 335i sedan
3.0L TwinPower Turbo 6-cyl
6-speed manual transmission
Mineral Grey Metallic
H&R Street Performance Coil Over
H&R TRAK+® Wheel Spacers
BMW M Performance Brake System 370mm front, 345mm rear
Supplied by the Tire Rack
O.Z. Ultraleggera HLT white wheels, size 20x8.5”
Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, size 235/35ZR20 front, 245/35ZR20 rear
Sticky Jewel Graphics
BMW M Performance Aerodynamics Package
Meguiar’s Car Care Products
BMW M Performance Carbon Fiber Gear Shift Knob with Alcantara Boot
WeatherTech FloorLiner – front, rear & cargo mat