Cars tend to go out of production either with a bang, reinforced by last-of-the-line special editions billed as instant collectibles, or quietly and discreetly.
The BMW 6-series coupe falls into the second category. It died so quietly no one noticed for months. And did it the 21st-century way: The model simply vanished from BMW's website.
To be clear, only the 6-series two-door coupe is gone (and has been since February, Road & Track says); you can still order the 6-series convertible and the four-door 6-series Gran Coupe. There are still some new 6-series coupes available at dealerships (and probably will be for some time).
How did this happen? BMW tipped its hand last year with plans for the 6-series range, reported to be among the slowest sellers in the lineup. Initially brought back in 2003 with some extremely polarizing styling, the coupe and convertible were joined years later by a surprisingly striking four-door model serving as an alternative to the 5 series and the 7 series. The modern 6-series coupe, however, gradually lost ground to the excellent 3-series coupe, which had grown in size to the approximate footprint of the original E24 6 series of the 1980s.