What is it?
A pretty important model for BMW. Last year, the firm shifted around 400,000 3-series models across the globe, making up 37 per cent of all BMW sales. A revamp for 2010 is designed to keep the 3-series family competitive.
One of the youngest 3-series variants is the E92 Coupe, which arrived four years ago. For the 2010 model year it's been given an overhaul, with nip-and-tuck cosmetic changes (new bumpers and sill covers, and LED-equipped head and tail-lamps) and the option of a number of revised engines.
What's it like?
On a freezing day in Munich we tried the 335i coupe, which is equipped with a new version of BMW's classic turbocharged straight-six engine and, in the case of our test car, a new seven-speed double clutch gearbox that adds £1640 to the list price.
Unlike its predecessor, this engine has a single turbocharger, rather than a pair. The new unit's 'TwinPower' design means the turbo is double-sided, with each set of blades spun up by the exhaust gases from three of the engine's six cylinders.