One of the best BMW M cars in years is being subtly refined.
The BMW M2 has proven popular with enthusiasts, and rightly so – it's arguably the best pure performance BMW since the excellent E46 M3. Production of the current model was reportedly ending this year to pave the way for a new 2018 model, which has been prematurely revealed on the Belgian BMW website. The images were hastily removed, but Bimmertoday snapped some screenshots to give us a sneaky peek of the new BMW M2 facelift ahead of its official reveal.
Edited images of the official press shots show that the 2018 BMW M2 won't be getting a radical overhaul, however. It looks near-identical to the current model, but eagle-eyed enthusiasts will notice the new full LED headlights which now sport a hexagonal shape compared to its predecessor's round 'angel eyes,' (pictured on the right below) and there's a stronger emphasis on the eyebrows at the top. The taillights have also been subtly refined, with the white reverse light now located at the bottom. These changes are certainly subtle, but it's a welcome refresh nonetheless that modernizes the traditional BMW double-headlights.
Expect the 2-Series coupe and convertible models to get the same design updates. The interior will also feature the latest generation of BMW's iDrive infotainment system, much like the 2017 BMW 2 Series facelift. There are no performance upgrades either, sadly, as the 2018 M2 is expected to pack the same 3.0-liter straight-six unit as its predecessor good for 365-hp and 343lb-ft of torque. If you were hoping for a more hardcore version of the sports coupe, you'll have to wait until the M2 CS arrives next year, which is expected to boast at least 400-horsepower and some aerodynamic adjustments that will make the best BMW M car currently on sale even better.