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The BMW 8-Series might be on its way out soon, and in its place could sit a good old friend––the 6-Series. According to the initial report by Automotive News, which cites sources familiar with the supply chain, the revived two-door will arrive in the second half of 2026, just in time for the 2027 model year. It will come in the same traditional coupe and convertible flavors, riding on BMW's new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) with support for gas, hybrid, and fully-electric powertrains. It remains to be seen whether the 6-Series will come available with all three. (Actually, it remains to be seen whether the 6er is coming back at all, but more on that later.)


bmw 6-series redesign

While no four-door Gran Coupe model was mentioned, previous reports regarding the future of BMW's larger coupe models stated that the 8-Series nameplate would live on solely as an electric four-door to take on the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door and the Porsche Taycan. Meanwhile, the 6-Series will hold down the large two-door market while also catering to those who would not prefer an EV with its gas/hybrid options, especially with the smaller 4-Series two-door rumored to ditch combustion soon as well.


However, it's hasn't been officially confirmed whether a revived 6-Series will actually roll out of BMW's Dingolfing, Germany plant come 2026. In fact, the automaker has flat out denied the rumors. Multiple media outlets reached out to BMW following the release of the Automotive News report, and the answers they received didn't appear so promising. One spokesperson told Car and Driver that "there are currently no plans to reintroduce the BMW 6-series to the market for model year 2026, despite what is being widely speculated in automotive media circles."


The last time we saw the 6-Series badge on a two-door was for the 2018 model year, with engine options consisting of a 315-hp 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six, along with a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 making a healthy 445 hp. After that, the coupe and convertible headed off for the sunset, followed by the four-door Gran Coupe and funky Gran Turismo hatchback roughly a year later. All of which were promptly replaced by the 8-Series lineup we have today. Regardless of whether a new 6-Series does in fact arrive, BMW plans to drop the 8-Series in 2026 in pursuit of electrification.


is the bmw 6-series coming back

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Jul 5, 2024
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BMW Pours Cold Water On Claims That A Revived 6-Series Will Replace The 8-Series

According to BMW, rumors that the 6er will relaunch in 2026 are simply not true.

The BMW 8-Series might be on its way out soon, and in its place could sit a good old friend––the 6-Series. According to the initial report by Automotive News, which cites sources familiar with the supply chain, the revived two-door will arrive in the second half of 2026, just in time for the 2027 model year. It will come in the same traditional coupe and convertible flavors, riding on BMW's new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) with support for gas, hybrid, and fully-electric powertrains. It remains to be seen whether the 6-Series will come available with all three. (Actually, it remains to be seen whether the 6er is coming back at all, but more on that later.)


bmw 6-series redesign

While no four-door Gran Coupe model was mentioned, previous reports regarding the future of BMW's larger coupe models stated that the 8-Series nameplate would live on solely as an electric four-door to take on the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door and the Porsche Taycan. Meanwhile, the 6-Series will hold down the large two-door market while also catering to those who would not prefer an EV with its gas/hybrid options, especially with the smaller 4-Series two-door rumored to ditch combustion soon as well.


However, it's hasn't been officially confirmed whether a revived 6-Series will actually roll out of BMW's Dingolfing, Germany plant come 2026. In fact, the automaker has flat out denied the rumors. Multiple media outlets reached out to BMW following the release of the Automotive News report, and the answers they received didn't appear so promising. One spokesperson told Car and Driver that "there are currently no plans to reintroduce the BMW 6-series to the market for model year 2026, despite what is being widely speculated in automotive media circles."


The last time we saw the 6-Series badge on a two-door was for the 2018 model year, with engine options consisting of a 315-hp 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six, along with a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 making a healthy 445 hp. After that, the coupe and convertible headed off for the sunset, followed by the four-door Gran Coupe and funky Gran Turismo hatchback roughly a year later. All of which were promptly replaced by the 8-Series lineup we have today. Regardless of whether a new 6-Series does in fact arrive, BMW plans to drop the 8-Series in 2026 in pursuit of electrification.


is the bmw 6-series coming back

Image Credits: BMW

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