Customized

World famous Bentley Mulliner customer commissions bespoke flying sleigh upgrade

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A world famous customer approached Bentley's customization division, Mulliner, for a ride upgrade just in time for Christmas. His flying sleigh is getting changed out for a unique and festive Flying Spur V8 called the "Reindeer Eight".

The one-off model is finished in a deep red Cricket Bauble paint job that is one of the 62 shades offered by Mulliner's extended range of options. On its face is a gold three-dimensional printed reindeer in lieu of the traditional Bentley Flying B mascot. Mulliner has replaced the car's V8 badging with a "Reindeer Eight" badge. The car's chrome hood has been re-trimmed in gold with a coordinating hand-painted line that runs from the rear of the Bentley wing badges.

Santa's Bentley Flying Spur V8

Santa's Bentley Flying Spur

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The owner has added a gold styling specification, which includes a carbon diffuser at the front and rear, carbon side sills, and a hood lid spoiler. The road-going sled rides on 22-inch golden wheels with diamond finish wrapped in all-season tires.

Bentley has given the car its traditional V8 powertrain. "What fun it is to ride in a 542 horsepower sleigh. Plus, there's space in the back for all my subordinate Clauses. I'm looking forward to putting 41 million miles on the clock before the end of the year," said the bearded customer.

The interior of the Flying Spur has a monotone Cricket Bauble scheme with gold personalized embroidery and hand cross-stitching. The owner's name is stitched into the driver's seat with his wife's stitched into the passenger seat.

Across the dashboard and doors is a horizontal veneer that features a winter scene of the North Pole with inlays that depict the end of a night's journey like those the buyer takes around the world at least once per year.

The seats of the "Reindeer Eight" features heating, ventilation, and multi-mode massage functionality. The Mulliner Driving Specification chosen by the customer features new three-dimensional leather with traditional stitching and embroidery work. There are 11,100 gold hand cross-stitched highlights that take craftspeople 18 hours to complete. The client's elfin helpers can appreciate that level of artistry.

In front of the driver, the Bentley Rotating Display features the sounds of sleigh bells while the veneer section in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touch screen. A Naughty and Nice list is integrated into the car's navigation system allowing the driver to know if the inhabitants of the homes he passes have been good or bad.

The cost of the build has not been revealed but for the buyers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, it's priceless.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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American muscle cars

Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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