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Mid-life update for BMW M2 coupe coming soon to Australia


Although it only arrived in Australia last year, a mid-life update is on the way for BMW’s lowest-cost M product: this is the 2018 BMW M2 LCI. While the basic recipe – thankfully – remains the same, pairing an agile underlying 2 Series coupe with a pretty bonkers 272kW, 465Nm 3.0-litre straight six – the M2 update adds BMW’s new iDrive 6 touchscreen infotainment and a couple of small aesthetic changes. Prices do rise, however – almost imperceptibly by $690 for the full-fat M2, but by more than $3,000 for the more basic M2 Pure trim.

The M2 has established itself as a firm favourite among Australian buyers of BMW’s performance cars. The M2 is the least expensive of BMW’s M products, with a $36,000 gap between an M2 Pure and the larger, more powerful M3 Pure. The smallest M of the bunch has been the number-one selling M product down under in 2017.

2018 BMW M2 LCI Long Beach Blue Front End

What’s under the bonnet is unchanged: you get a 3.0-litre single-turbo inline six-cylinder producing 272kW of power at 6,500rpm, and 465Nm of torque from a low 1,400rpm-5,650rpm – however, in brief periods of full-throttle overboost it’ll make 500Nm of torque; a rear LSD can split torque between 0-100% to either back wheel. While the M2 Pure is six-speed-manual only, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard on the M2; the manual is a no-cost option on that model.

M Servotronic steering offers variable weighting through the attractive M steerin wheel. The M4’s compound disc brakes are carried across to the M2, while a fixed M Sport suspension offers one, focussed (read: firm) setting for the dampers.

2018 BMW M2 LCI Black Leather Interior

You’ll be able to identify an M2 LCI outside mainly from the front and rear light signatures. Up front, the bi-xenon lights are switched out on both Pure and M2, for twin-circular bi-LEDs, or hexagonal adaptive LEDs, respectively. Around the back, the taillights are now full LED with an L-shaped graphic.

Inside, BMW have subbed in their new 8.8-inch iDrive 6 infotainment system; most notably, this is now powered by a touchscreen, although the classic iDrive rotary dial and touchpad are still around. Dakota leather sports seats, and a mix of carbon fibre and gloss-black trim complete the cabin package.

2018 BMW M2 LCI Long Beach Blue Rear End

The M2 Pure (now $93,900, up $3,690) is manual only, but includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, quad chrome tailpipes, a tyre pressure monitor, reversing camera, speed-limit recognition and a seven-speaker stereo.

Stepping up to the M2 (now $99,900, up $690) adds the DCT as a no-cost option, while gaining keyless entry and start, electric seat adjustment, a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo, and ‘selective beam’ high-beam LED technology.

The M2 LCI is being launched in September and we’ll be there to drive it; stick around for a first Australian drive review late next month.

2018 BMW M2 LCI price for Australia

BMW M2 Pure: $93,900
BMW M2: $99,900

2018 BMW M2 LCI Steering Wheel