Can You Spot The Added Details On the 2018 BMW M2?


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Remember back in 2014, when the then-new M235i won so many awards that BMW said it negated the need for a more potent M-badged model? How times have changed. Not only did the M2 emerge just a model year later, but joined its forebear on Car and Driver’s 10Best list. Now, the 2018 M2 is widely considered one of the purest entry points to a performance marque on the market.

But while the M2 is still technically two-years new, that hasn’t stopped Munich from rolling out some modest updates to their 365-horsepower beast. The outside changes, in particular, might require a magnifying glass to pick up on—with subtly-reworked LED head- and taillights. The driver-centric cabin has more noticeable changes. Fans will notice the new HVAC vents right off, as well as the refinements to the gauge cluster.

The 2017 M2 featured a lauded variant of BMW’s infotainment system, but the 2018 model will receive the upgraded iDrive 6.0 interface. Coming on a standard 6.6-inch display with an available 8.8-inch option, infotainment functions can be accessed using touch, voice, or central controller. The latest version of this system includes changes to make accessing your apps feel more natural, and many reviewers who’ve sampled the system in other new BMW models claim it accomplishes this mission well!

While that rounds out the changes to the 2018 M2, the qualities that have quickly vaulted it to the top of buyer’s shopping lists remain unchanged. You can still find an aluminum-block 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six under the hood, with a choice between six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for how to manage the 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of twist that’s on tap. That’s good for a fleet 4.2-second sprint to sixty.

But it’s not speed that makes the M2 one of the best-regarded performance coupes of the modern era. BMW remains one of the few automakers that take driving engagement seriously, and this is an area the M2 excels with duality. On the track, its ability to eat lap records for all three meals might trick you into thinking its “street legal” status is a stretch. But take the M2 on the highway, and you’ll find it’s capable of being surprisingly subdued, considering the might lurking behind those LED angel eyes.

Want to make the 2018 M2 your own? Getting in touch with our BMW dealership in Jacksonville, FL could be your ticket! Take some time to configure your vehicle to your liking, and when you’re ready to explore availability and ordering, contact us as it’s convenient.

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