Slowing sales have reportedly led BMW to end production of its big 6 Series Coupe, although the Convertible and four-door Gran Coupe models are understood to be safe – for now.
A BMW Australia spokesperson has confirmed with CarAdvice that supply to our market remains unaffected, for the time being. But, with the 6 Series built at just one plant in Germany, it could only be through a misreporting – with right-hand-drive coupe production continuing – or a result of oversupply.
Nonetheless, American title Road & Track reports that a BMW spokesperson for that region has confirmed the 6 Series Coupe left production in February.
Recent spy photos of a coupe with M components, a convertible, and a regular coupe indicate BMW plans on replacing the 6 Series, although reports over the last year or so indicate the Bavarian automaker may ditch the 6 Series name in favour of the 8 Series badge.
If the 8 Series name is revived for the 6 Series’ replacement, expect the car to pitched and priced further upmarket, and positioned as more of a luxurious grand tourer.
The car is still listed for sale in Australia, where BMW has sold 56 examples of the 6 Series year-to-date, only slightly down on the 59 it sold for the same period last year. An exact sales split between the three body styles is unclear at this point.
In the sports cars over $200,000 category, the 6 Series range, including coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupes, closed out 2016 in third place with 164 sales, down from 2015’s 205.
In the larger and more influential US market, according to Good Car Bad Car, the 6 Series range found just 3947 buyers in 2016, down almost 52 per cent from the year before.