2018 BMW M2: Still Awesome, Now With More Touchscreen
BMW is injecting some small updates into its M2 performance coupe for the 2018 model year. While the most powerful 2-series model continues to be powered by a 365-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six connected to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, those seated behind the wheel of the refreshed car are treated to updated styling and revised infotainment technology.
Exterior changes to the amazingly rewarding—and 10Best Cars–winning—M2 are modest, so modest in fact that you may not even notice the car’s updated LED head- and taillight designs. Equally subtle are the car’s interior changes, which include a reworked dashboard design with redesigned HVAC vents, as well as minor updates to the gauge cluster.
Arguably the most important change is to its infotainment system, as the high-horsepower coupe is now equipped with iDrive 6.0. Thanks to the latest iDrive system updates, the M2’s available 8.8-inch infotainment screen (a 6.6-inch screen is standard) can now be controlled by touch inputs to the screen or by using the central iDrive controller. Additionally, updated voice-recognition functionality allows users to interact with the system in a way that BMW says is more natural. Having used iDrive 6.0 in a handful of other BMW products, we can confirm that the latest iteration of BMW’s user interface is indeed good.
BMW has yet to announce pricing for the 2018 M2; however, we expect the facelifted model’s base price to stay close to the current car’s $53,495 figure when it goes on sale in July.