BMW his currently testing the 8 Series Convertible, which has its engineers putting the new droptop through the paces in some of the hottest climates in the US. The BMW 8 Series Convertible was recently put to the test on routes between Las Vegas and Death Valley, where temperatures reached over 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

BMW 8 Series Convertible

BMW’s goal with the hot climate testing for the 8 Series Convertible is to test the functional safety of mechanical and electronic components under extreme weather conditions. The team tested it in extreme dusty conditions in the desert, during stop-and-go traffic on the Las Vegas Strip, on gravel tracks around Mount Whitney and on long-distance journeys between the Pacific coast and the Rocky Mountains.

BMW 8 Series Convertible

With the exception of the fabric top, the BMW 8 Series Convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The 8 Series Convertible will share the same powertrain options as the coupe, which means that in the US it will be available with a 4.4L turbocharged V8 that generates 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. In Europe the 8 Series is also available with a 3.0L diesel engine with 315 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. of torque.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible will arrive in 2019, which will be followed by the four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe and high-performance M versions.

Source: BMW