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2017 BMW M2 LCI update announced for Australia

August 21, 2017

The 2017 BMW M2 LCI update has been announced for Australia, following news of local allocation being increased in July.

This is the first LCI update for the M2 since its launch last year. At the front are some new adaptive LED headlights with redesigned hexagonal daytime running lights, with bi-LED headlights for the M2 Pure.

Around at the back are some fresh LED taillights that include a unique L-shape to help give the impression of a wider and lower stance. Quad-outlet sports exhausts continue to poke out from an aggressive diffuser underneath.

The interior is perhaps where most of the updates are found. Here you’ll find the latest iDrive 6 infotainment platform with a customisable 8.8-inch screen for the dash, and a tile design for the on-board apps. Also new are some indicator stalks that now ‘snap’ into place instead of bouncing straight back in a traditional yet annoying BMW way.

Under the bonnet the same 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six remains. It produces 272kW of power and 465Nm of torque, or up to 500Nm during overboost. Matched up to the standard dual-clutch auto transmission, 0-100km/h can happen in 4.3 seconds, or 4.5 seconds with the no-cost optional manual. Average fuel consumption is stamped at 7.9L/100km for the auto and 8.5L/100km for the manual.

As mentioned, local buyers continue to be offered the M2 and the more affordable and slightly stripped back M2 Pure. The Pure comes with a manual transmission only, but features the same engine and most of the in-car gear. Showroom arrival is scheduled for September, with specs as follows and prices starting from the following (excluding on-roads):

2017 BMW M2 Pure – $93,300
2017 BMW M2 Pure – $99,900

M2 Pure specification highlights:

  • 19-inch BMW M light alloy wheels
  • M rear spoiler
  • Quad exhaust pipes in high-gloss chrome
  • Bi-LED Headlights with variable light distribution, including cornering lights
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Carbon fibre trim finishers
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • BMW Individual roofliner Anthracite
  • M leather multi-function steering wheel
  • Airbags to driver and front passenger, head airbags to front and rear, side airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Driving Assistant
  • Rear Park Distance Control
  • Rear view camera
  • Speed limit device
  • Speed limit info
  • HiFi Loudspeaker system with seven speakers

Regular M2 specification highlights (in addition to above):

  • Comfort access
  • Electric seat adjustment
  • 12-speaker harman/kardon sound system
  • Adaptive LED headlights with variable light distribution
  • BMW Selective Beam with anti-glare High-Beam Assistant

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.