It was produced from 1968 to 1977 with M30 straight-six engine. It marked the reputation of BMW, as a producer of luxury, sporting sedans. Approximately 222 000 were manufactured. It had more space inside than Neue Klasse. It had updated twin headlights and fuel injection available later on. The models available were 2500 with 2.5 liters and 2800 with 2.8 liters with six-cylinder engines. They were very liked and for some, one of the best cars in the world. 2800 had more sporty suspension, self-leveling rear suspension, and bigger tires. 3.0S was introduced in 1971, a more expensive and with a better performance version, available with fuel injection. A tourer was also proposed with disc brakes on every wheel and fully independent suspension. The sedan 3.0SI was faster than the coupe 3.0 despite its more heavyweight. An update was introduced in 1973 with 3.3 liters and bigger engine, upgraded to fuel injection in 1975. About 190 000 E3 Sedans were produced in total, 72 000 of which Bavaria. In the USA 2500 and 2800 were introduced a bit later in 1969, mainly with four-speed manual transmission. 2800 was renamed to 3.0S because of the 3 liters engine updated.
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