Hartge’s 362 HP BMW 335d xDrive Is Dangerously Fast

Hartge BMW 335d xDrive 1 photo
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It’s no longer news that the fastest BMW 3 Series model out there is no longer a petrol fueled one. Nor should it be. With the drastic steps forward the diesel technology took in the last few years, it was only natural that the list of advantages in front of gasoline units should expand.
So far, people would go for diesel plants for their better efficiency and higher torque. That was about it. They had to deal with noisy engines though and higher prices on both the maintenance and purchase.

That’s no longer the case. In BMW’s portfolio, for example, diesels are also extremely fast. As we were saying in the beginning, the 335i xDrive is no longer the fastest 3 Series out there. It was overtaken when the 335d xDrive model was launched, the car we’re about to look at in the video below.

According to the official spec sheets of the two models, the 335i will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds flat while the diesel will do the same 0.2 seconds faster. How is that possible?

Well, the 3-liter diesel engine under the bonnet of the 335d has two turbochargers that give it a staggering torque and horsepower advantage. On the HP front, the diesel has 7 extra horses, putting out 313 HP. That doesn’t seem like much but when it comes to torque, things get out of hand: 630 Nm vs 400 Nm doesn’t seem like a fair battle, does it?

However, as impressive as those numbers seem, Hartge took them even further. With their piggyback engine upgrade kit, the 335d xDrive can be taken up to 362 HP and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque, numbers worthy of trucks, let alone a small sedan.

The added power can be felt best between 80 and 200 km/h (50-124 mph), as shown in the video below. That’s where the Hartge alternative is faster by 3.53 seconds.

With such numbers, the 335d xDrive gets close to what an M50d model would put out. However, with less weight to carry around, this little 3er would destroy any big SUV, be that even from BMW. The only thing you need right now is to order one of these kits. In this regard you should know that Hartge ships worldwide and the price tag for one such kit is €2,591 ($3,530) including VAT.

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