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2021 BMW 6 Series GT

2021 BMW 6 Series GT

The 6er’s last stand will determine its fate in the future

The turn of the year marked the official demise of the BMW 6 Series in the U.S. But while it will no longer be offered in the U.S. market, the 6er will live on on the other side of the Atlantic. Proof of that comes in the form of new spy photos our eagle-eyed photographers culled of the soon-to-release, mid-cycle 6 Series Gran Turismo. Prototypes of the updated 6 Series GT have been spotted sporting barely enough camouflage to cover its entire body. A few physical changes are expected to come for the facelifted model, including some design cues that we’ve already seen in other new Bimmer models. The updated BMW 6 Series GT is scheduled to hit the market in the middle of 2020 as a 2021 model. It stands as the last 6 Series model in the market.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Wald International Black Bison

Sinister Looks For An Aging Coupe-Like Saloon

The first time I saw the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe I was smitten. It was low, black, long and imposing. Unfortunately, all I could do back then is download a photograph and set it as a wallpaper on my desktop. Pictures of it garnished my working PC for at least three years. Now, at a time when the 6 Series is on its last legs, just waiting to be replaced by the 8 Series and the 8 Series Gran Coupe, Japanese tuner, Wald International, came up with yet another tuning package that prolongs the life of one of the most imposing cars of the decade. This is the Wald International Black Bison body kit that’s specifically tailored for 2011 and newer models of the BMW 640 and 650i.

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2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

2018 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition

A one-off creation based off of a special edition model!

The BMW 6 Series is reportedly on its way out now that BMW appears to be set on bringing back the 8 Series. It’s a bittersweet moment for fans of the 6er, especially those who have been loyal fans of the range since it was reintroduced in 2003. Fortunately, certain models of the 6 Series remain popular to this day, including a special version created by recognized BMW tuner Alpina. The model is called the BMA Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe and believe it or not; it’s been around for a few years now, receiving yearly updates like any true Bimmer model. This time, BMW and Alpina took it a step further by creating a one-of-a-kind Alpina B6 Gran Coupe, specifically for the BMW Car Club of America.

The model itself carries the obnoxiously long BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition name. Its very existence is owed to the fact that it was built to be the grand prize for an upcoming raffle draw organized by BMW CCA. In keeping with its one-off status, the Alpina B6 BMW CCA Edition carries plenty of exclusive features, not the least of which include bespoke touches on the exterior and interior of the car. It also carries a signature Alpina paint finish, the likes of which we never get to see on any other BMW model. It’s a legitimate bespoke Alpina B6, a fitting grand prize for an event that’s also raffling off a BMW M2 and a BMW M240i, among other exciting goodies.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo

The Replacement for the 5 Series GT is here!

Do you like the idea of combining a sports sedan, an SUV, and a wagon? If so, then you’ll be happy to know that we’re finally getting details of BMW’s latest model: the 6 Series Gran Turismo. Set to go on sale in November of 2017, the 6 Series GT is initially available in three different variants, each of which gets their own engine. Power output ranges from 258 horsepower and 295 pound-feet up to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet. But wait, there’s a ringer here too, as the 6 Series GT will be available at lunch with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 265 horsepower and a staggering 457 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, but all-wheel drive will be available on select trim levels if you’re willing to pony up some extra dough.

But, before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s just put it all on the table and point out that the 5 Series GT, the model this 6 Series replaces, performed horribly on the sales front, serving as one of the brand’s least popular models. So, BMW’s answer was to make it bigger and more luxurious and to pit it against models like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. So, will a bigger Gran Turismo sell better than the 5 Series GT it replaces, or should BMW give up on trying to make the Gran Turismo a thing? Let’s take a look at what we know so far and talk more about it.

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2017 BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition

2017 BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition

Special edition models come to life for some different reasons, one of which is to keep a specific model relevant until an updated version, or a next-generation model arrives in the near future. That appears to be the case with BMW after the German automaker announced a new special edition 6 Series called the M Sport Limited Edition. It’s not a coincidence that this new special edition is arriving as we wait patiently for the fourth-generation 6 Series to arrive later this year.

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with the 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition. BMW is well within its bounds to offer it as a way of keeping the current 6 Series relevant. It’s actually a good strategy in a lot of ways, especially for customers who aren’t keen on waiting for the next-gen 6 Series to arrive. A special edition version of the current 6 Series is a pretty good alternative to have. The 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition is made even more appealing by the fact that it’s available in all body styles of the 6er, be it the Coupe, Convertible, or Gran Coupe variant.

Apart from that, potential customers can also look forward to the special edition 6 Series receiving a host of exclusive features (another good selling point!) to go with extra standard options and some M bits and pieces, giving the M Sport Limited Edition a more exclusive look and feel to it. The upgrades are mostly cosmetic in nature, but they do add up to create a unique 6 Series that could help keep the current-generation model relevant until the next-gen model arrives. Consider this special edition model a success if it does end up doing that.

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2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible

2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible

The 6 Series Convertible will be up for a generational shift in the near future

The BMW 6 Series is currently in its third-generation and went through a minor update for the 2015 model year. Just recently our photographers caught the next-gen 6 Series Coupe doing some real world testing, and just weeks later, we finally got our hands on shots of the next-gen 6 Series Convertible. The exterior of the next-gen model will change a little to freshen things up, but the real news is what’s happening below the skin. The new 6 Series is expected to shed a few pounds in the chassis department, get some new technology on the inside, and get a healthy selection of powerplants that will produce enough power to keep competing models like the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Cabriolet at bay.

But, the 6 Series has one major problem, and that’s its starting price point. While similar offerings from the likes of Mercedes and Audi start out in the $60,000 range, the 6 Series starts out closer to $90,000. That’s a hard sell in any market, but with the next-gen model expected to debut as a 2018 model, it will at least be fresh inside and out, and will hopefully come out of the gate a little quicker thanks to that lighter chassis. We still have a while to wait before we get to see the new 6 Series in the metal, but let’s take a good look at the first round of spy shots and talk a little more about what’s coming in 2018.

Update 01/18/2017: The upcoming 6 Series convertible was caught taking advantage of the cold weather and got to play in the snow a bit. Check out our review below to see the newest spy shots and to see what else we know about the next-gen 6 Series.

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2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport

2017 BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport

BMW looks to pull in some extra Yen for another lightly modified Celebration Edition model

BMW has been celebrating its 100th birthday for 2016, and as such has released a number of lightly modified models with the name “Celebration Edition” attached to them. The most relevant models that come to mind are the BME 750Li Celebration Edition, BMW 320d Celebration Edition, and the BMW M6 Celebration Edition Competition. A now, BMW has announced yet another model that bears the celebration name specifically for the Japanese Market: The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Celebration Edition Exclusive Sport. It’s based on the BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe 640i and, like the others that bear the name, has just a few extra features here and there to set it apart from the standard production model. Things like special wheels, Nappa leather, and Black trim make up the majority of the list.

This specific model goes on sale on November 19, 2016, at BWM dealers in Japan, and will be limited to just 33 examples. Other celebration models for the Japan market have brought very little in terms of overall modification while commanding a pretty hefty premium. These models have been looked at as money grabbers that BMW created only because fanboys are willing to pony up extra money to have something with a special name, but will this model be any different? Well, let’s dive on in and check out the details to find out for ourselves.

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2018 BMW 6 Series

2018 BMW 6 Series

Faster, lighter, and more cutthroat

The BMW 6 Series was first introduced in 1976 as a replacement for the E9 Coupe. The original 6 Series production run lasted more than a dozen years, eventually seeing the axe in 1989. After an extended period on the shelf, the nameplate made its return in 2003, offered as a stopgap for the discontinued 8 Series. A third generation would follow in 2011, and now, it’s looking like a fourth gen is just around the corner. Originally speculated to receive a downsize to help it fight the Porsche 911, it’s now believed the new 6 Series will continue on as a quick but comfortable GT car. The revelation arrives alongside new spy shots, which show us a possible 6 Series mule undergoing what appears to be the final testing phase on public streets. Under the skin is expected a new, lightened chassis, while the recently unveiled 5 Series provides the powerplant selection. New tech will adorn the cabin, and the styling looks to get a refresh as well.

It’s also possible that what we’re seeing here is in fact the new 8 Series, the large-and-in-charge full-size slated to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe and upcoming Audi A9 coupe. However, this tester is looking a little too small for that, but not small enough to beat the 911, leading us to believe its business as usual for the 6 Series.

Details are still up in the air at this point, but read on for our take on what the new 6 Series will bring to the table.

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2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Fostla

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe by Fostla

Body wrap specialist gets some help in building a multi-faceted tuning program

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is on the clock now that there are reports of BMW replacing the model with the 8 Series in 2020. But that’s still four years and away so owners of these models need not fret. Some can even opt to have their cars tuned to their heart’s content, and it just so happens that Fostla, one of the industry’s flashiest body wrap specialists, has prepared an all-encompassing tuning program for the 6 Series Gran Coupe, one that includes an improved output of 562 horsepower and 579 pound-feet of torque.

This program is a welcome surprise because Fostla is mostly known for its audacious body wraps. That’s still evident in this kit but the tuner went above and beyond its own specialization to provide new wheels, chassis and suspension upgrades, and an engine tuning kit that drives up the 6er’s power and performance capabilities.

In a lot of ways, this kind of program reflects what’s so awesome about the tuning industry. Sure, there’s still inherent competition in the business, but there’s also room for collaboration, especially when it comes to companies that offer different specializations. The ability and willingness to come together results in a program that customers can feel good at. After all, the whole industry’s objective is to provide the best aftermarket kits for cars like the 6 Series Gran Coupe and Fostla was able to do that with the help of some of its industry buddies.

That said, is this the best tuning program for the 6 Series Gran Coupe? That’s subject to differing opinions, but in our case, this one has to be one of the flashiest programs we’ve seen for the performance coupe in a while.

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2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe by G Power

German tuner has power options for discerning M6 Gran Coupe owners

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe represents the pinnacle of the Bimmer’s 6 Series family. In a lot of ways, it’s also the model that represents everything BMW stands for as a pioneer in the auto industry, bridging the sporting performance of the M family with the luxury credentials of the 6 Series lineup and the technological pioneering of the German automaker as a whole. So the M6 Gran Coupe is an important model for BMW, which is why it is surprising that we don’t see a lot of tuning kits for the model compared to other BMWs.

So thank goodness for G-Power, right? The German tuner made its bread by building programs for BMW models and this latest kit is another step towards strengthening that legacy. It doesn’t have any aerodynamic kits to speak of. It doesn’t even have any interior modifications. But neither of those things are G-Power’s forte. The tuner’s meal ticket are its engine modules and it’s given plenty of other BMWs the extra power they’ve needed to really become instruments of power, luxury, and performance.

Now it’s the M6 Gran Coupe’s turn and for better or worse, the variety of engine programs that are available should give owners plenty to choose from. Good, better, best; it doesn’t matter. G-Power has you covered whichever direction you take.

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2015 BMW 650i By M&D Exclusive

2015 BMW 650i By M&D Exclusive

The BMW M6 GT3 is the kind of car that elicits bittersweet feelings among BMW fans. On one hand, it’s an incredibly appealing race car. On the other hand, it’s not meant for the streets, which eliminates the thought of seeing it in public roads. Fortunately, German wrap shop M&D Exclusive, in partnership with noted kit builder Prior Design, has found a way to around that dilemma by transferring the BMW M6 GT3’s stylistic appeal into the BMW 650i.

The program, called the PD6XX GT3, is all about dressing up the 650i in a similar vein to the M6 GT3, complete with a bespoke wide-body aerodynamic kit that gives the 650i the physical attributes resembling the mighty M6 race car. The appropriate liveries are there and the aforementioned aero kit provides more than just improved looks to the car. It also has an impressive performance update, although this particular detail seems to have gotten lost in the detailed and expressive physical transformation of the 650i.

Give M&D Exclusive a lot of credit. Even if it’s not one of the most well-known aftermarket shops in Germany, it’s still able to have the chops to turn a standard 650i into one that physically resembles its M6 racing brethren. Having Prior Design in the fold also helps in that regard. It still won’t be as powerful as the M6 GT3, but for what it’s worth, owners of the 650i can now have their cake and eat it too.

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2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

2015 BMW 640i M Performance Edition

It’s been less than a week since BMW launched the limited-edition 5 Series Grace Line model in Japan, and the Bavarian automaker has announced yet another special-edition car exclusive to the same country. This time around it is based on the 6 Series and goes by the name 640i Coupe M Performance Edition.

As its lengthy, official name suggests, it’s a mid-range 640i model powered by a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine rated at 315 horsepower. What sets it apart from the version you can buy at any U.S. dealership is the M Sport package that adds an array of special features inside and out.

Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are famous for launching several limited-edition models in Japan over the course of a model year. In essence, these cars are basically regular models equipped with all sorts of packages you can buy just about anywhere else in the world, but the trick here is that they cost less than they would with all those features added as separate options.

The fact that most of them are limited to less than 100 units likely attracts customers looking for something a bit more exclusive. All told, it’s a good marketing scheme BMW should be using more often in Europe and the U.S., as many enthusiasts would love to have access to a highly optioned, limited-run model. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 640i M Performance Edition.

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2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

2015 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition

BMW is no stranger to special-edition versions of its cars, but customers in Abu Dhabi are getting an extra special treat. As a special collection of various BMW Individual options, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is an exquisite showcase of how much customization that is available for the right price. Better yet, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe having been on the market for a few years now, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is a good way to potentially keep this vehicle fresh in the growing segment of “four-door coupes.”

The key element of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Pearl Edition is its expensive Pure Metal Silver paint job. Introduced late last year on the BMW M5, this chrome-effect color contains aluminum flakes within the water-based paint, and it goes through a special paint process (different than all other paint jobs) to ensure protection. The paint material alone is 40 times more expensive than conventional paint, and when combined with the added work that goes into applying the hue, the end result is a paint option north of $10,000. If you’re looking for a unique color that is deep and brilliant, this is your car.

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2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

2016 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

The first 6 Series saw daylight in 1976 as the E24 chassis. This two-door coupe lasted until 1989, at which point BMW discontinued production, waiting another 14 years before resurrecting it as the E63 and E64. As of 2014, the 6 Series is now in its third generation as the F12, F13, and F06 chassis, with over 80,000 units sold since the release of the convertible model in March of 2011. The latest iteration is slated to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, arriving in showrooms for the first quarter of 2015. The 6 Series comes in three discrete body styles: a two-door coupe, a convertible, and a sloped four-door known as the Gran Coupe. Featuring a longer wheelbase, plus a rear end that is short and sharply slanted, the Gran Coupe takes the convenience of four doors and adds the styling cues of a two-door model. It’s a vehicle philosophy that seeks to combine luxury, performance, and functionality into one handsome package.

Updates for the 2016 model year are minimal, but include exterior styling tweaks and additional options for the interior and body color paint scheme. Beyond that, all the luxury and performance you’d expect from a world-class Bavarian import is present and correct.

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2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible

2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible

The 2014 BMW 6 Series is a hot commodity. With three different models — a two-door coupe, a GranCoupe with four doors, and a convertible — BMW offers plenty of choices for consumers looking to drop some considerable change for this sporty, luxurious car. Engine offerings start with a 3.0-liter, 315-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, dubbed the 640i. Next up is the 650i, with a 4.4-liter V-8, also featuring a twin-scroll turbo design, which is good for 445 horsepower. The mighty M6 comes with a more powerful version of the 650i’s V-8, producing an almost-crazy 560 horsepower. Performance is blistering, regardless of engine choice, and typical BMW luxury and top-notch fit and finish adorn the interior. While the 2014 6 Series Convertible is certainly fresh, this didn’t stop BMW from updating the lineup for the 2015 model year.

With three more model years to cover until a brand-new 6 Series arrives, BMW slapped a revised front end to its largest drop-top, as well as a couple of new features for the interior aside from the enhanced options list. Naturally, new exterior colors and redesigned wheels are also up for grabs. Find out more about it below.

Updated 12/11/2014: BMW unveiled the first details on the revised 6 Series lineup, with just a few weeks before the car’s official debut in Detroit. Details after the jump.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

2014 BMW 6 Series By Prior Design

Prior Design is a well-known tuner that specializes in upgrading German metal. Many recent Mercedes, Audi, and BMW models have gone under Prior Design’s knife and come out modified quite handsomely. We recently reviewed the BMW M6 GranCoupe, customized by Prior Design and came away very impressed. Its latest offering is for the true two-door version of the 6 Series. Prior Design upgrades are marketed as mostly aerodynamic enhancements, but these upgrades simultaneously give the modified cars a stunning, show-worthy, tuner look.

This Prior Design BMW 6-series is a prime example. While the stock 6 Series is one of the better-looking BMWs of today, with clean lines and a slippery shape, the Prior Design team dramatically increases this already-pretty car’s street presence, all the while helping it cut through the wind in an even easier fashion with sharp, functional aerodynamic upgrades.

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2014 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe And M6 Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

2014 BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupe And M6 Gran Coupe Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW Individual has continued its torrent pace of releasing new programs for its models. Not even recent releases can stop the Bavarian automaker from unveiling a new one, this time for the BMW 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe.

This time around, BMW enlisted the help of Bang & Olufsen to give the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe a unique and luxurious sound system befitting the status of the high-end audiophile. But that’s not where the upgrades end.

Both the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe received a new Sophisto Grey metallic paint finish, further driving up the class of both luxury models. The Opal White, fine-grain Merino leather adds a nice complement to the black exterior while the Alcantara headliner and piano black interior trim pieces provide the latest touch of luxury. BMW Individual continues to be identified as a division that can really make something good and turn it into something great.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW announced prices for the new 6 Series Bang & Olufsen Edition which will be limited to just 100 units. Prices will be $116,240 for the 650i version, $119,240 for the 650xi version and $152,423 for the M6 version.

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2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

2013 BMW MH6 700 By Manhart Performance

Back in March, Manhart Racing revealed its first tuning kit based on the new-generation BMW M6. Today Manhart offers a second look to the sports coupe and came up with a more powerful, more aggressively looking M6 coupe.

The new kit is called MH6 700, which is a clear indication of the 700-plus horses at play under the hood. In order to obtain this amazing power increase, the Manhart equipped the 4.4 liter, V-8 engine with a "Stage 4" performance kit that includes a remapped ECU, a Carbon-Air-Intake-System, and a new exhaust system with downpipes, sports catalytic converters and sports rear silencers made of stainless-steel.

Thanks to all these updates, the V-8 engine delivers a total of 743 horsepower and 702 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph now only takes 3.8 seconds and it can now hit a top speed of 198 mph.

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