After a facelift of the M2 leaked online last week, we can now give you an exclusive walk-around of the facelifted M2 set to be sold as a 2018 model car. For a newbie, the M2 is a performance-oriented version of the standard BMW 2 Series. If you are not familiar with the BMW M2 model, you will find it difficult to spot any difference compared to the outgoing model. This is because the changes are mild as the automaker is not willing to touch an already good thing.
2018 BMW M2 Exterior
Except for a few tweaks, the M2 looks like the standard model. At the front, the M2 is set apart by an upgraded bumper that sports gigantic air intakes, on top of which is a honeycomb grille which makes the front fascia look very sporty. The size and shape of the LED headlights are unchanged. However, the new M2 headlights have a new LED layout for the main bulbs. The turn signals lights are also different but the design is carried over unchanged.
On the sides, the M2 doors seem to be closer to the ground courtesy of the new vehicle’s lowered suspension. The sports coupe rides on two-spoke, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.
At the rear, the model also features a beefed up bumper that has deeply sculpted lines. At the outer sides of the bumper are new vertical reflectors. The reflectors are designed to mimic the front apron design. The bumper is integrated with a sporty diffuser that integrates the M-spec quad-exhaust pipe setup. The reverse lights have been shifted to the bottom part of the taillights. In addition, designers also changed the shapes of the upper section cluster and the brake light.
Buyers will have an array of colors to choose from including Black Sapphire Metallic, Alpine White, Long Beach Blue Metallic as well as Mineral Grey Metallic.
The M2 is 176.2 inches long and 73 inches wide.
The cabin is driver-oriented. Unlike the regular 2 Series models, the M2 features M-specific features. The M-specs start with the M-badged sports seats that feature adjustable side bolsters to ensure the driver is well supported during spirited driving at the tracks. The seats are upholstered in black Dakota leather and are contrasted with a blue stitching. The same treatment is done on the steering wheel. The model sports an M-spec shifter.
To ensure you do not mistake this for a regular 2 Series, the cabin carries an array of M logos such as on the tachometer as well as on the sill plates. The door panel inserts, shift lever boot as well as the parking brake boot are wrapped in Alcantara.
BMW never disappoints tech-wise. For this model, the automaker has added the GoPro app as well as the M Laptimer app among other tech goodies. These two features come in handy at the race tracks. The GoPro app enables you to film your racing which you can later watch from the vehicle’s Control Display. On the other hand, the M Laptimer enables you to record various performance details such as speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, gear engaged at a particular time, engine speed, fuel consumption and steering angle among others. Reviewing this information helps drivers to perfect their race driving before showing off to friends.
Engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 BMW M2, the automaker has still retained the 3.0 L, inline-six. The mill produces 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. Maximum torque is available from only 1400 rpm. The engine is paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Both transmission systems feature the automaker’s Active M differential that boosts stability and traction. The engine is further enhanced by high-precision direct injection, Twin-Scroll turbo technology, crank bearings and Valvetronic which are all sourced from its big brother, the M4.
With this kind of power, the coupe can run to 60 mph from standstill in 4.4 seconds when paired with a manual gearbox and 4.2 seconds with the automatic system. Its top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph although the speedometer has readings of up to 200 mph which means the model can offer much more. To enhance braking, the M2 features 15-inch rotors along with 4-piston calipers at the front and 14.5-inch rotors with 2-piston calipers at the rear.
Price and release date
To get your hands on one of the 2018 BMW M2 models, you will need to part away with $51,700 or more depending on the extra options you select. The automaker will start delivering the models to BMW dealerships in the third quarter of 2017.