New performance coupé has been spotted testing showing off new head and tail-light designs; expected in late 2017

The BMW M2 has only been on sale in the UK for just over a year now, but facelifted test cars of the 365bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder performance coupé have already hit public roads in Germany, as well as the Nürburgring.

The images provide clear hints to a lightly facelifted model tentatively planned for introduction during the second half of 2017.

Despite being lightly disguised, the test cars seen by Autocar spy photographers clearly reveal the new head and tail-light designs for the updated M2. These changes will also be applied to other, less powerful variants of the 2 Series Coupé and Cabriolet, including the recently introduced 248bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder 230i model and the 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder M240i.

Although retaining the same shape as today’s units, the headlights on the facelifted M2 receive new LED graphics with altered octagonal corona rings and main beam projectors. The tail-lights also adopt new lenses featuring a similar horizontal-themed LED-enhanced graphic as the current model.   

Also evident is a new front bumper. While heavily disguised, it looks set to adopt a slightly wider kidney grille as well as altered air duct styling for a more efficient engine bay and front brake cooling.

Further back, there are restyled sills underneath the doors.

There’s also a modified rear bumper. It receives a redesigned diffuser featuring a new middle section. The test car pictured here also appears to run a larger exhaust than the existing M2, suggesting BMW’s M division is set to provide the facelifted model with an altered system with more free-flowing properties for improved performance.

Despite recent rumours suggesting the facelifted M2 may adopt a new B58-specification engine, Autocar understands it will retain the older N55-based unit until the planned introduction of a second-generation model in 2019. In its current guise, the rear-wheel-drive M2 performance coupé delivers 365bhp and 433lb ft of torque, giving it 0-62mph acceleration in 4.3sec (in combination with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox).

Further speculation surrounding the facelifted M2 has revolved around the possibility of it featuring optional four-wheel drive, as with the M240i xDrive. However, this is denied by M division sources.

One clear change to the mechanical package seen on the M2 test cars is an upgraded brake package featuring new discs and calipers.

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Comments
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7 February 2017
All these 'face-lifts' just increase the price of spares. Not surprised the cost of insurance keeps rising. When will car makers take into account the cost of repairs etc..?

7 February 2017
That's a nice looking Pontiac Grand Prix. Oh, wait...

8 February 2017
I would have the M240i X drive any day, though down a little on power it can easily be chipped,has much more all season usability.In UK I would buy an Alpina B3 or B4 Allrad-essentialy a 4 wheel drive M3/M4- for the ski hills and even normal Scottish winter weather.Even a 335D X drive will be faster than an M3 in slippery conditions.

Madmac

4 May 2017
Wow what a brilliant stuff, may be later i can have this in my future..

4 May 2017
I think BMW confuses the issue,the M2 looks like the M3 should look like,and the M4 designation for the two door is worse.

Peter Cavellini.

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