BMW marks Chinese Year of the Horse with £270k M6 special

31 Jan, 2014 10:30am Jonathan Burn

Lunar Year of the Horse BMW M5 and M6 editions become the most expensive BMW models sold in China

BMW has announced limited edition versions of the high-performance M5 saloon and M6 coupe in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Sold exclusively in China, the Lunar Year of the Horse special editions are limited to just 30 and six models for the M5 and M6 respectively. Prices start at nearly £200,000.

Special edition variants generally demand a small premium over the cars they are based on, however, the taxes involved with importing high-performance cars to China dramatically increases the costs. In China BMW has priced the M5 at £198,500 and offers the M6 models at £278,000 apiece, making them the most expensive models the firm sells there.

Despite the price and exclusivity, the M5 and M6 receive little other than special interior embroidery – which translates as ‘Special Horse’ – and the Competition Pack fitted as standard. Power from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 in both models increases by 15bhp to 567bhp, with other upgrades including carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fibre trim and a new steering wheel design.

Chinese taxes include import tariffs, consumer taxes, and value-added tax, with the price of vehicles fitted with engines larger than four-litres more than doubling. UK pricing for the M5 starts at £73,940, while the M6 is priced from £94,605.

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