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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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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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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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