BMW has teased the first official images of its first-ever 8-Series convertible that's likely to arrive in Australia next year.
The teaser images follow confirmation from BMW board member Haral Kruger that the German maker will reveal its 8-Series Convertible in full soon. While only shown in camouflage, BMW has detailed its latest research with the drop-top into "the functional safety of mechanical and electronic components under extreme weather conditions,” conducted in the American Southwest.
That involves bathing the car at up to 50-degrees Celsius in the dry heat of the Death Valley and, once brought up to temperature, things like electronics, engine performance and wiper blade cohesiveness are checked for reliability.
Further afield, the car is subject to ‘extreme’ dust conditions, gravel driving acumen around Mount Whitney and stop-start driving in traffic along the Las Vegas strip. BMW also reports a trip to the Hoover hydroelectric dam provided the “ultimate yardstick” for the car’s electronic systems to operate correctly around sources of extreme interference.
Though most ultra-harsh conditions reached in testing are unlikely environments for owners, nearly all modern cars are subject to similar regimes to ensure reliable performance throughout their life.
BMW has not confirmed what spec the car will arrive with but the open eight is likely to come in similar flavour to the four-door coupe that will be powered by a choice of either a 390kW, 750Nm 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo or 235kW, 680Nm 3.0-litre straight-six diesel turbo.
BMW Australia told Drive.com.au it is yet to confirm the 8-Series Cabriolet as part of its local line-up but that it is planning to launch the 8-Series coupe - which unveiled itself in June this year - before mid-2019.
With the amped-up 8-Series drop-top a likely debutant for some time around the Los Angeles motor show late-November, and with BMW Australia without a flagship convertible, we might expect it to arrive here around 12 months later.