The original 8 Series from the '90s came only as a coupe, but since the new car is a replacement for the 6 Series, BMW has added more variants. The cars have been driving between Las Vegas and Death Valley in California. It's been a hot summer everywhere, and BMW says temperatures have been upwards of 120 degrees. In addition to the desert runs, the 8 Series has been sitting in stop-and-go traffic on the Las Vegas Strip, running up and down Mount Whitney (California's tallest mountain) and running long-distance trips from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
BMW says that Death Valley's conditions are difficult for riding in a convertible, though this writer has made a pass through the national park in a Soul Red 2016 Mazda Miata. There are a few benefits to testing in Death Valley. BMW is far from the only automaker to have prototypes running around the area. The heat and dryness can cause plenty of problems, so BMW engineers can monitor the drivetrain, electronics and stuff like the air-conditioning system in the extreme desert conditions.
Take a look at the photos in the gallery above. The Mojave is a vast and wonderful place. We're hoping we can say something similar about BMW's latest convertible.