The E36, which debuted in 1992, had a 6-cylinder engine with 3.0 litres capacity and 210 kW / 286 hp and managed a sprint from 0 to 100 km /h in less than six seconds. The top speed was electronically limited at 250 km/h. In 1995, the capacity was increased to 3.2 litres, the output increased to 236 kw /321 hp. As the world first large-series vehicle, the BMW M3, starting in 1997, was also available with an optional Sequential M transmission (SMG). It came off the belt 71,242 times.