BMW Gran Coupe to be branded as 6 Series sedan

Featured Posts, Rumors | June 8th, 2010 by 17
BMW Gran Coupe 6 Series

Yet to be confirmed by our own sources, apparently the recently unveiled BMW Gran Coupe will go into production in the second quarter of 2012 …

Yet to be confirmed by our own sources, apparently the recently unveiled BMW Gran Coupe will go into production in the second quarter of 2012 and will carry the 6 Series badge. The information comes from the UK magazine Autocar citing a BMW source.

The new concept from BMW is built on the ‘backbone’ platform that underpins the current 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. Design wise, despite having an unique look, the BMW Gran Coupe takes some design cues from the now defunct CS Concept, the beautiful four door sporty car that was unveiled in 2008 at another Chinese motor show, Shanghai Auto Show, and canceled two years later when BMW decided to pursue their EfficientDynamics plans.

BMW Gran Coupe to be branded as 6 Series sedan

The Gran Coupe has been designed to combine the abilities of a GT and a sports car. The roof is 100mm lower than the 7 Series models, and its rear quarters slightly more restricted. The concept carries the essence of brand values and the genes of BMW design into the future and the expectations are that these styling cues will turn up all over BMW range in the next few years. The sleek Gran Coupe retain iconic elements like the kidney-grille, Hofmeister kink and a less pronounced shark nose. Frameless doors, short front overhang and low silhouette complete the image of a sports car.

As well as testing the water for a BMW-built rival for the Audi A7, the Gran Coupe is intended to distill and concentrate BMW’s design values. Many design cues will carry forward onto future BMW models.

Shortly after its unveiling, it was rumored that the production version of the Gran Coupe concept would revive BMW’s 8-Series label, but these latest reports attribute the 6 Series Sedan name to the Gran Coupe.

Autocar UK brings up an interesting point:

“Given the 8-Series went extinct in 1999, the decision to dust off the nameplate didn’t make a whole lot of sense for BMW – especially considering the cost of launching an all-new vehicle name. Moreover, the 6-Series is essentially a modern interpretation of the old 8-Series, making the business case for the revival of the 8-Series name that much harder.”

With production beginning in 2012, we expect the BMW Gran Coupe or 6 Series Sedan to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.

[Source: Autocar ]

  • 323

    The back is great, but the front looks boooooooring. A 2 yo kid could draw that.

    • Alex

      You obviously don’t have kids.

      • 323

        Metaphores. Get used to them.

        • viper

          hey numbers great to have you back

  • Stevie

    if this is gonna be 6 series sedan, then we know what a coupe will look like.
    The mule gives away a lot and they resemble this gt look

  • Harrmonica

    So when is the M version coming out?

  • FreudeKing

    “Given the 8-Series went extinct in 1999, the decision to dust off the nameplate didn’t make a whole lot of sense for BMW – especially considering the cost of launching an all-new vehicle name. Moreover, the 6-Series is essentially a modern interpretation of the old 8-Series, making the business case for the revival of the 8-Series name that much harder.” THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. WASN’T THE 6 SERIES ALSO EXTINCT UNTILL THEY DECIDED TO BRING IT BACK A FEW YEAERS AGO? THEY COULD DO THE SAME FOR THE 8 SERIES, BUT THEY SHOUD PROBABLY NOT BECAUSE THE 8 SERIES WAS A NICE SPORTY CAR AND THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE SAME CLASS.

    IT’S BE NICE TO LEAVE THE 8 SERIES FOR SOMETHING LIEK THE VED PRODUCTION VERSION THAT ALL FANS ARE WAITING EAGERLY.

    • Doug

      Your right. Actually, the quote doesn’t make sense for a few reasons… I can’t help but wonder if their point was misstated somehow. It’s not launching an all-new vehicle name if you’re actually dusting off an old one. If the 6 *is* an interpretation of the old 8, then how does it make it *harder* to revive the 8, or the business case for it?

      It seems like they’re creating their marketing issues by frustrating the stratified naming. Are all these short-term marketing gains worth it?

  • Antipode

    I wonder why those reports hardly ever show a picture of the boot? Cars function is to transport people AND THINGS!

    • FreudeKing

      It’s the same reason why people take pictures of other peoples’ faces, not below no matter what you think the function of human beings are.

  • JMLBMW

    Perhaps that’s why we haven’t seen or heard of a new M6. Have you noticed on the website that all the cars in the “Build Your Own” section have all turned over to 2011… except the 6er. Maybe… just maybe we sill see top of the line 8 series coupe emerge once again! But then again… who really knows with BMW… right? Their collective minds change as the wind blows!

  • kenee

    Its amazing how the GT range is becoming the key area of success for BMW. It is all like going back to 1999/2000 and the birth of the X5. We now have a range of X series cars. I guess we will now have a range of GT series cars for the more demanding BMW fans!

    • FreudeKing

      I don’t kno why you have the impression that the GT is a success. In actual fact, most would agree that sales are pretty low for this massively overpriced car.

      I have also not seen one on our roads yet despite it being launched about half a year ago.

      The X series is a tradtional 4X4 category of motorcars. GT does not fit in any traditional large sales volume category. This car is so unpopular that only 1 dealership in our area (out of the 6) have put it on display. The one that has the GT 550i is struggling to find a buyer and that car has been siting on the showroom floor for about 5 months.

  • efoza

    Freudgeking must live in a very depressed part of the world. In my home town, the sales have been very impressive and the current waiting time for one is 6-8 weeks.

    The GT is for the VIP customer and therefore it much depends on where you live abd where you look out to see one. The GT was never made to be a mass produced car. It was always intended by BMW to be exclusive and it certainly has become very exclusive with many famous people buying it for its exclusiveness.

    • FreudeKing

      Total car sales ehre jumped 23% compared to the period last year, so it is not depressed at all.

      You must consider whether the current waiting period is due to the fact that they now only build once the customer has ordered, with the shipping, etc. which is pretty standard. So your waiting period may not be due to the high demand that they are not able to keep with with their production capacity. Afterall, this is not a high valume car in terms of order.

      But I do agree with you that this was not meant to be a high volume vehicle, but one cannot help to think that it is not a great success with the reports that have surfaced in recent months.

      • Doug

        I don’t understand either of your points, they both seem highly subjective.

        The only numbers I’ve seen to back this up is quoted sales figures for Q1, which could be interpreted either way, versus BMW’s expectations (with a grain of salt), actual roi, and what it does for them in market stratetgy. More numbers would be really helpful here.

        Honestly, though, I’m tired of seeing efoza shill for the GT. It’s beyond any behavior of normal enthusiasm.

  • kenee

    I tend to agree with Efoza. The other thing I have noticed is that the GT has become very popular in main business places such as NY, London and Frankfurt. It seems to therefore be a matter of location location for this car’s success.

    The amazing thing about the GT is that, whilst it was initially intended to be a low volume exclusive car it has now become classified within the factory in Germany as a mass produce car with its own build slots on daily basis. I even hear that on some days more GTs are produced than the standard 5 series at the BMW Dingolfing factory in Germany.

    So I don’t think FreudeKing’s assessment is accurate when looking at the factory output for the GT.

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