BMW 6 Series GT’s fate has yet to be decided

6 Series | August 1st, 2019 by 15
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News of the week came from a lengthy report by Automobile Magazine, put together by Georg Kacher, a renowned automotive journalists with high-level sources in the industry. The explosive report touched on many future products in the BMW’s pipeline, with some notable news on the elimination of the Z4 and 8 Series Coupe and Convertible. We can now confirm that for now, all of these models are on the cancellation board, with the caveat that all these decisions were made under the Krueger-era who’s going to be replaced by the new CEO Oliver Zipse in mid-August.

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Another model mentioned by the Automobile Mag report is the BMW 6 Series GT, a controversial vehicle ever since its 5 Series GT inception in 2009. Expectations have always been that the 6 GT is a one-time wonder and won’t live another life, but the US magazine says otherwise:

“If it wasn’t Reithofer’s personal darling, the 6 Series GT would also be head straight to the slaughterhouse in 2024,” says Automobile Mag. For those of you not familiar with the name, Dr. Norbert Reithofer’s was BMW’s CEO from September 1, 2006 to May, 13 2015, and is now the BMW Board Supervisor.

But our own sources say that, for now, the BMW 6 Series GT is not on the drawing board for a new generation. And with the expansion of the crossover lineup and the ever increasing size of recent BMW sedans, a case for a 6 Series Gran Turismo is hard to be made. Of course, that could also change under the tenure of Oliver Zipse who might see the Gran Turismo as the perfect project for a plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle or fuel-cell model.

The car won’t be due for a refresh until 2024, so there is plenty of time for the project to kick off or be canceled forever.

15 responses to “BMW 6 Series GT’s fate has yet to be decided”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    Z4 and 8 Series Coupe and Convertible are being cancelled??

  2. Spielerhasser says:

    I think you should stop milking such a highly speculative article. What if the Z4 and the 8 series which is a high margin car turn out to be highly successful? I doubt they will decide on this without looking at actual sales numbers. The article is full of strange claims. No standard wheelbase 7 series anymore which has a 85% take rate in Europe? The article said the iX3 will have a range of 155 miles with a confirmed 75kwh battery. That does not add up at all.

    The problem is that by now all they have as sources is probably some lists with model designations. That’s how they figured out there will be an X8. But who knows what the next BMW luxury coupe will be called? Only because the letter 8 or Z4 don’t appear on some vehicle list by now doesn’t mean it’s not coming. Maybe they haven’t been decided on. Maybe with all the electric models coming they will get different names. I mean Zipse isn’t even in office yet and you act like everything is already set in stone.

    But yeah make 10 more articles about it if you want…

    • Horatiu B. says:

      It is speculative, but I confirmed the report. For now, Z4 and 8 Conv and Coupe are out, same as 6 GT.

      The X8 is now new, I wrote about it many times and even mentioned the X8 M.

      • Spielerhasser says:

        “For now” as in for the next two weeks until there is another report which says the complete opposite like when you reported that the 2 series van would be discontinued entirely until well… it wasn’t?

  3. Leo says:

    I didn’t even know there was a 6 series GT 👎🏻

  4. jason bourne says:

    Get rid of it and the other GTs as well.

  5. Dailybimmer says:

    Bring 6 GT to the slaughter, let her go, let her go.

  6. seancorr says:

    Makes sense to cancel the Z4 and the 8 Series. BMW can’t sell much of these lifestyle vehicles in developing nations. Sedans and SUVs are what I see on the road and theres a lot of X5 and X6 running on the road. Z4? That’s as rare as a Ferrari on the road where I live haha.

  7. Giom says:

    The 8 Series doesn’t surprise me, it’s the same as they did 20 years ago with the then 8 Series. It keeps it unique and probably a cult car for the next 20 years.

    The Z4 is more obvious, it’s like BMW struggles to find a sweet spot with this model – again.

    The 6 GT, in my view, is a stunning tourer and probably a car its owners enjoy very much, certainly the ones I’ve spoken to. They should never have changed it’s nomenclature – caused more upset than the actual concept, I believe.

    Hopefully, Zipse will bring more sense to the brands strategies and public perceptions.

  8. Alexander S says:

    I’m very suprised that the cancelled 8 series coupe and convertible. I was sure about Z4 and 6GT…

  9. Tumelo Malumane says:

    Please just kill it already.

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