RIP: BMW 6 Series
Admit it — when you think of the BMW 6 Series, it’s the long prow of the mid-80s 633 or 635 CSi nosing into your brain, not the oddly-shaped 2019 640i xDrive Gran Turismo. That sleek Reagan-era coupe can continue to roam throughout your mind for years to come, as it won’t have any competition.
For the 2020 model year, the last bearers of the 6 Series designation fade from the American landscape, joined in their vanishing act by an unloved 3 Series four-door with a liftback.
The 3 and 6 Series Gran Turismos were recent introductions to the BMW lineup, donning four doors and a sloping hatchback body that upped the utility factor a bit while lowering sex appeal immensely. All-wheel drive came standard, but sales did not.
With a new 3 Series here and the resurrected 8 series taking the place of all things luxurious and sporty at the top end, the GTs and the 6 Series as a whole don’t make much sense. Like most automakers, BMW wants fewer build configurations and a leaner business. The 6 Series’ demise was foretold by the loss of the more traditional coupe and convertible variants, leaving only the GT and Gran Coupe (actually a sedan, regardless of what anyone says) as oddball pickings.
Not needed, BMW feels — the new 8 Series, in gran coupe, droptop, and coupe guise, will scratch the itch of high-end buyers looking for something exclusive and sexy.
The 6 Series Gran Coupe and 3 Series GT are already nowhere to be found on Bimmer’s consumer website, while the 6 Series GT remains listed as a 2019 model. July sales date shows the automaker moving just 80 6 Series vehicles in the U.S., with sales over the first seven months of the year down 58.4 percent. The disappearance is already well underway.
As for the 3 Series, the disappearance of the GT (first announced in May) probably won’t hurt the lineup in any significant way, what with the revamped 2020 sedan now available in 330i and M340i versions. 3 Series sales rose 6.5 percent, year over year, in July, though the model line’s year-to-date tally amounts to a 10.3 percent loss. We’ll have to wait and see if the new generation lifts the model’s fortunes over a longer term.
MRF 95 T-Bird on Aug 10, 2019
As someone wrote about the misnamed 3 Series GT and 5 Series GT; they look like your aunt Edna. I saw exactly one 640i xDrive 4.0 Gran Turismo on the road a few weeks ago. I thought, "Wow that exists here in the states. However I do see plenty of 6 series coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupes around. Personally I like the 4 Series Gran Coupe since its is an attractive, lean nicely balanced sport hatch. It’s a nice practical alternative to the bloated CUV’s like the 4 door hatch on stilts X4 and X6.
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