News of an impending and irreversible death of the 6 Series range as we know it hit us back in late 2016. It was a sad day made a bit better only by the fact that there would be a new 8 Series coming out soon to take over where the 6 Series left off. However, there were also confusing reports about a possible BMW 6 Series GT showing up all over the internet.
At first, even we were taken aback for a second. Could it be that BMW planned to drop the beautiful 6 Series Coupe and Convertible – not to mention the Gran Coupe – to make way for a peculiar-looking 6 Series GT?
As the video below clearly shows, BMW is working on a Gran Turismo. Apparently this will be part of the 6 Series indeed and it will be the only car wearing a 6 on the boot, at least for a while. There’s also a good explanation why this will happen, as a revival of the 8 Series is planned for the near future. Yes, we’ll see the 850i nameplate return in Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe guises.
Unlike the 6 Series, which tried to do all things right, from being comfortable to proving its worth on a track, the 8 Series will cater only to one of these categories. Luxury and comfort will be at home inside it, the car basically being a Coupe version of the 7 Series, that would go against the likes of the S-Class Coupe and Convertible models currently unchallenged in the market.
That leaves us with the 6 Series GT in between the 5 Series and 7 Series and, luckily, it will borrow a thing or two from both of them. From the former it will take the engine line-up, with worldwide models of the GT ranging from the 620d to the 650i and even a plug-in hybrid or two. From the 7er, comfort features and luxury items will make their way into the cabin of the 6er.
Production for the 6 Series GT, which will be available in the US at first only as a 640i xDrive model, will kick off in 2018. With the F07 5 Series going out of production this June that would leave us without a Gran Turismo version for about a year, in case you were thinking of getting one.