You thought manufacturers have had enough of horsing around with China-specific equine special editions after the Chinese New Year festivities ended, right? Not so fast – BMW (who already have Horse Editions of the M5 and M6) will storm the gates of the Beijing International Auto Show later this month with the BMW 7 Series Horse Edition.
The Horse Edition is distinguishable from the rest of the 7 Series herd through the colour of its coat – apart from the standard Sapphire Black, buyers can also choose between the BMW Individual paint finishes of the Ruby Black shown here, Moonstone or Citrine Black. The car is also kitted up with an M Sport pack, including an M Aerodynamics kit and 19-inch V-spoke M alloy wheels, as well as Shadowline exterior trim.
If that’s not enough, “Limited Edition” lettering is also inscribed into the car’s rear chrome strip. Other options now thrown in as standard include the Adaptive LED headlights and Surround View system.
Inside, occupants at the front are treated to ventilated Comfort seats – complete with the Traditional Chinese character for horse embroidered on the headrests – while those at the rear get a massage function for the backrests. An M leather steering wheel, BMW Individual headlining in Anthracite as well as Ash Grain Anthracite fine wood trim complete the interior accoutrements.
The Horse Edition is based on the 740Li xDrive, so it gets all-wheel drive and a 3.0 litre TwinPower Turbo straight-six making 320 hp at 5,800-6,000 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,300-4,500 rpm. Tipping the scales at 1,995 kg, it will nevertheless gallop from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The BMW 7 Series Horse Edition will join the rest of its new stablemates in their first appearance in China at the BMW stand in Beijing, including the X4, the 2 Series Coupe and Active Tourer, the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. The i brand of electric vehicles will also have its Chinese market launch at the show, and if recent reports are to be believed, there could be an even bigger steed coming…