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What Happened to the BMW 6 Series?

The BMW lineup is filled with a multitude of cars and SUVs that are all in numerical order and are fit for a wide variety of consumers. The 3 Series is for the compact car lovers, the 5 Series is for those who need something bigger, and the 7 Series is for those that just want show off how big their bank accounts are. There’s also the lesser-known 4 and 8 Series for the niche buyers, but one number that is missing is the 6 Series. What happened to the BMW 6 Series?

The BMW 6 Series was quietly discontinued

For those not in the know, BMW discontinued the 6 Series during the 2019 model year in favor of the 8 Series due to popular consumer demand. And we don’t blame them. While the 6 Series did have a good production run, starting in 2004, it was a niche class since its inception. Or shall we say “reintroduction,” as there were 6 Series models that existed in the 70s that were discontinued until BMW decided to reintroduce the model into the market again in 2004.

The BMW 6 Series was an interesting model. When BMW brought it back to the market, it could be had in two different flavors: the 645Ci coupe and convertible. Both iterations were a departure from the rest of the line as they only had two doors and a long, wide stature befitting of their place in the BMW hierarchy. It only got a little weirder from there.

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2018 BMW 6 Series | BMW

The 6 Series became grander as the years went on

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BMW 6 Series | BMW

Over the years, the 6 Series coupe and convertible ended up gaining a new sibling when the 6 Series Gran Coupe joined the lineup in 2016. The Gran Coupe boasted more doors and a sleeker sense of style. All three iterations of the 6 Series were powered by either turbocharged 315-horsepower inline-six engine for the 640i models or a 445-horsepower V8 engine for the more prestigious 650i models. And for anyone that needed more power and even more prestige, the M6 was also available, which produced a whopping 560 horsepower out of a turbo V8. A GT (Gran Turismo) model was later added to the line, and the coupe and convertibles were discontinued.

Of course, the BMW 6 Series wasn’t only about power, though. The beauty of having a wide and longer body than the rest meant that there was ample room for all the occupants inside. Every 6 Series came with the same luxurious amenities that you would expect from the brand, including leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights, a sport suspension, and all of the power features that you would need. Stepping up to the higher trim level yielded finer Nappa leather seating surfaces, and upgraded Harmon Kardon sound system, and a self-leveling adaptive air suspension.

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BMW 6 Series Interior | BMW

It’s gone, but it shouldn’t be forgotten

While the BMW 6 Series is now gone, we can all rejoice in the fact that it still lives on in the used market. You can find some of the earlier 2004 to 2006 models selling for less than $10,000, while post-2010 models are selling anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the age, mileage, condition, trim, and location of the car. That’s a pretty good deal considering the 6 Series was priced around $60k to $70k when it was new.