The facelifted iteration of the BMW M2 (model year 2018) has yet to be unfurled to the public, and yet we now have seen it – thanks to a purported and momentarily leak at one of its Web sites.
According to Bimmer Today, images of the new BMW M2 – now receiving a facelift – appeared on the Belgian Web site of BMW. That makes the images official, but only for a moment since BMW reacted quickly and took them down. However, Bimmer Today was faster and it was able to take grab the images and distribute them. This allowed interested parties, including fans and enthusiasts, to take a closer look at the face-lifted version of the BMW M2. If you recall, its current generation was unveiled in 2015 and was launched for the model year 2016. Moreover, from the leak, we learned that there have been no changes on the engine power output and torque.
BMW is calling the 2018 model of the M2 as a facelift, although it would take a very keen eye or a true fan to detect the cosmetic changes. You can take a closer look at the new 2018 M2 and try to spot the modifications made. If you haven’t seen them, we’ll point them out for you: some work has been done on the lighting units both on the front and the rear.
The headlights of the new 2018 BMW M2 look similar to those on the previous model. However, there are really some changes. These headlights are now full-LED (light emitting diode) adaptive units and their “angel eyes” have a more angular appearance. The headlamps of the previous model have a circular configuration. There are also subtle changes made in the rear lights of the new M2.
Unfortunately though, the leaked images grabbed by Bimmer Today didn’t include snapshots of the 2018 M2’s interior, which means we wouldn’t be able to point out the differences. However, it is expected the 2018 facelift version of the M2 will come fitted with latest iteration of the carmaker’s iDrive infotainment system.
From the images grabbed by Bimmer Today, there seemed to be no modifications made to the M2’s familiar turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. This powerful mill still delivers 365 hp (370 PS or 272 kW) of max output at 6,500 rpm and 343 lb.-ft. (465 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,400 rpm and 5,560 rpm. When paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, this engine propels the 2018 M2 from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds. When the M Double Clutch Transmission is picked, the sprint time from nil to 100 kph (62 mph) is 4.3 seconds. Top speed in both transmission types is still 250 kph (155 mph).
For those who want a more powerful and a more-focused performance M2 model, they could wait until next year when BMW launches the new M2 CS, which boasts of similar improvements as the new BMW M4 CS.