Little over a year has elapsed since the BMW M2 had its global launch, and now its facelift, or Life Cycle Impulse update in BMW-speak, has been spied testing out in public. Visual updates over the present model exterior are minimal, as can be seen from our spy photographer’s images here, with changes limited to the concealed areas namely the front fascia, headlights and bumper, tail lights and rear bumper detailing.

The more substantial updates are under the skin, or rather, under the M2’s hood, where more power is expected. while the upcoming CS variant is expected to get the M3 and M4‘s S55 twin-turbo motor, tuned to approximately 400 hp and 500 Nm in the hotter M2’s application.

As for the regular M2, the facelift will bring a higher state of tune from its N55 single-turbo straight-six, in order to further differentiate it from the revised M240i, which outputs 340 hp and 500 Nm.

As an M product, the M2 can be expected to retain its pre-facelift transmission options: a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, as opposed to the M240i’s eight-speed torque converter automatic option. With the M2 CS rumoured for launch in 2018, the the regular M2 is expected to make its market debut later this year as a 2018 model, leaving time in between each variant’s debut.