Confirmed: The 6-Series Coupe Will Be Axed in 2018
The beloved 6-Series coupe is survived by her sisters, the 6-Series convertible and 6-Series Gran Coupe.
With the new 8-Series looming on the horizon, BMW has made the bizarre and confusing decision to kill the 6-Series coupe. A spokesperson for BMW confirmed that 2017 will be the last model year for the 6-Series coupe.
According to MotorAuthority, the 2018 BMW model range will include a 6-Series convertible and Gran Coupe, but no actual coupe. Many BMW enthusiasts have been alienated by BMW’s recent decision to market four-door sedans as odd-numbered series, with even-numbered series denoting coupes.
However, the Gran Coupe proposition has added further confusion, and it’s only going to get worse now that there’s no actual 6-Series coupe. Theoretically, since there’s no coupe to sell alongside the Gran Coupe, the Gran Coupe is just a regular sedan, which would mean that it should technically be part of an odd-numbered series.
Perhaps we’re over-thinking things, but either way, we’re sad to see the 6-Series coupe fall by the wayside. We are happy, however, that the Gran Coupe and convertible will soldier on. We’re naturally eager to see what the 8-Series brings, as well, although the inevitable 8-Series Gran Coupe will likely result in one or more of our editors having an aneurysm. Because, you know, it’s actually a sedan.
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If anything, this should finally put to bed the debate about whether the E31 8-Series was truly a successor to the E24 6-Series. This decision more or less proves that BMW feels that way, at least.
With the recent sales successes of sports cars in the U.S., BMW may see fit to replace the 6-Series with a proper sports car soon. Although, given the typical sales performance of BMW sports cars, we wouldn’t advise you to hold your breath.