This post has 2 parts: part 1, comparison table among BMW ICOM A2, ICOM A3 and ICOM Next; part 2:BMW ICOM firmware update free download. part 3, customer feedback on how to choose a better ICOM;

Part 1: Comparison table among BMW ICOM A2, ICOM A3 and ICOM Next


Item NO ICOM A2 without software ICOM A2 super version ICOM A2 1.37 WIFI ICOM A3 V1.38 ICOM A3 V1.40.05 wifi ICOM Next v1.4 Wifi
Price44 EU359.99 & EU249 (with Optical Fiber) EU410 & EU379 (no software) EU479 EU325 & EU209(not incl. BMW 20Pin cable) EU235 & EU315(with free wifi) EU282 & EU339(wifi)
Appearance Click for outlook Click for outlook Click for outlook Click for outlook Click for outlook Click for outlook
Firmware version V1.37 V1.40.05 V1.37 V1.38 V1.40.05 V1.4.0
Firmware update Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features Option: with optical fiber or not Apply new hardware SN and works well most expensive, most people buy it. incl.BMW 20pin to OBD2 16 Pin Connector;not incl. BMW 20Pin cable (EU209) option: with free wifi or support wifi(no free) ICOM Next hardware update, it comes with high-quality PCB
Software (Authorized) Engineering version with ISPI-NEXT, ISPI Admin Client ISPI-NEXT, ISTA+,ISTA-P(ISSS-NEXT), HDD-Update Navigation, KSD,ETK,E-SYS, WINKFP, NCS-Expert tool, INPA, Tool32,BMW Coding Tool, Ncs Dummy, ITool Radar and Easy Connect, etc.
Function BMW Diagnosis, Programming, Coding and Car Modifying
Support Vehicles BMW Cars, BMW Motorcycle, Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper
Laptop Requirement EVG7, DELL D630 or others with required configuration.
Reset the computer system date and time to the current time
Set to achi mode
Advise you use Lenovo or Dell with CPU 2.0 above and memory with 4GB.
OS WIN7 WIN8, it depends on which version of BMW Rheingold ICOM interface run with.Otherwise the ICOM will freeze when boot.
Language All ICOM and ICOM A2 are Multilanguage available.

2:BMW ICOM firmware update free download

Super Version BMW ICOM A2 Firmware V1.37 Download Free


BMW ICOM, ICOM A1, ICOM A2 Firmware V1.37 update free download


ICOM A2 A1 firmware upgrade



Part 3: customer feedback on how to choose a better ICOM.

  1. ICOM A2 VS ICOM Next:

-Firmware adaption: ICOM Next hardware update, it comes with high-quality PCB shown as bellow.

– More stable during programming

– Be necessary for the future Gbit cars

– Faster start-up times and high throughput

-Through high-performance, low-power ARM SoC
– Improved handling
– More flexible OBD cable
– Lighted button for logs

– ICOM NEXT can connect internet and Printer.

  1. BMW ICOM A3 Special Features Compared with BMW ICOM:

The modified BMW ICOM A3 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.

  2. ICOM A2 support WiFi connection.
  3. ICOM A2 has better computer compatibility, 2014.9 BMW ICOM A2+B+C support almost 95% PCs on the world with Intel chip (I3/I5/I7 series).
  4. ICOM A2 is especially modified for vehicles with OBD port and boasts a significantly more powerful processor and a 4GB memory, ensuring faster running speed and wider storage space.
  5. Newest BMW ICOM A2+B+C support latest BMW cars made in 2013 and most MINI Cooper in full system diagnose and offline programming.
  6. ICOM A2 features an Aluminum case, which is strong and solid to protect the machine from damage in harsh environments.
  7. ICOM C for old series come with a diagnostics socket, and will be additionally equipped with a long cable around 20cm, which improves the connection of the ICOM A2.
  8. To protect the MOST connector, the ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of plastic cap.
  1. ICOM A2 without software (Item NO.SP168-B and SP168-C)
  1. BMW ICOM A2 SUPER VERSION V1.37 outlook (Item NO.SP168 and SP168-BO)
  1. Best selling ICOM A2 1.37 WIFI € 479
  2. ICOM A3 V1.38 outlook outlook
  1. ICOM A3 V1.40.05 WIFI outlook
  1. ICOM Next v1.4 Wifi outlook


Hope it helps.