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2018 BMW M2 pricing and features

By Daniel Gardner, 21 Aug 2017 Car News

2018 BMW M2 gains tech, price hike

2018 BMW M2 stays sub-$100,000 as part of light mid-life tech and styling update

BMW’s best-selling M-car – the M2 Coupe – has been treated to a light mid-life update, which brings a mild facelift, the latest iDrive6 information and entertainment system, and a pricing increase for both variants.

With the refresh, pricing for the most accessible Pure version has risen by $3400 and now kicks off at $93,300 before on-road costs, while the more generously equipped variant costs $1000 extra but manages to sneak in under the six-figure mark at $99,900.

On the outside, the M2’s front now houses Bi-LED headlights in place of the previous bi-xenon version for increased visibility in low light conditions and inclement weather as well as a more contemporary look, says BMW.

The main lights are complemented by a new hexagonal shaped daytime running light, while the more expensive M2 version gets adaptive lights with cornering lights, selective beam, and anti-glare high beam assistant.

The tail also gets a new-design light with L-shaped LED units that its maker claims to have the effect of lowering and widening the appearance of the M2’s rear.

On the inside, the tech update continues with a new 8.8-inch central screen, which allows access to the various entertainment and information features, and introduces touchscreen technology for the M2.

The changes also upgrade BMW’s proprietary operating system to iDrive6, which swaps the appearance of the central screen to a more smartphone-like tiled layout for easier operation.

Accessing its features is also made easier through more natural voice commands, and the rotary controller which has a solid-state touch pad in its centre for more control options.

The changes are capped off with an updated instrument display which has M-specific content, a light rethink of the interior design, and its wiper and indicator stalks snap into position - rather than returning to its fixed position, following customer feedback of the previous version.

Beyond the tech updates, it is business as usual for the smallest M-car, with an unchanged 272kW/500Nm from the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, coupled to a choice of standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a no-cost option six-speed manual, while the Pure is offered with a manual only.

Acceleration to 100km/h from standstill comes up in 4.3 seconds for the auto and takes two tenths of a second longer in the self-serve version.

In addition to the Pure’s standard spec, the M2 Coupe gets keyless access, electric front seat adjustment, and a more premium Harman Kardon stereo with 12 speakers.