He images provide clear hints to a lightly facelifted model tentatively planned for introduction during the second half of 2017. Despite wearing a light disguise, the prototypes caught testing by Autocar spy photographers clearly reveal the new headlamp and tail lamp treatment set to grace the upgraded M2 and other less powerful variants of the 2-series coupe and cabriolet, including the recently introduced 248bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder 230i and 335bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder M240i. Although retaining the same shape as today’s units, the headlamps on the facelifted M2 receive new LED graphics with altered octagonal corona rings and main beam projectors.
At the rear, the tail lamps also adopt new lenses featuring a similar horizontal themed LED enhanced graphic as the existing model. Also evident is the new front bumper expected to feature on the facelifted M2. 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 particular prototype pictured here also appears to run a larger exhaust than the existing M2, suggesting BMW’s M division is set provide the facelifted model with an altered system with more free flowing properties for added performanceDespite 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 BMW performance coupe delivers 365bhp and 433lb ft of torque, giving it 0 to 62mph acceleration in 4.3sec in combination with an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Further speculation surrounding the facelifted M2 has revolved around the possibility of it featuring optional four-wheel drive in a move similar to the M240i xDrive. However, this is denied by M division sources. One clear change to the mechanical package seen on the M2 prototypes is an upgraded brake package featuring new discs and calipers.to .