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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

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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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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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