Tis The Season

You never knew you needed a Dodge Hellcat Reindeer onesie in your life until now

Dodge has introduced a new Hellcat-themed onesie just in time for the holiday season.

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Your engine can roar to life, but when the fire is going and you're snuggled up on the couch with your loved one watching Netflix and sipping cocoa, there's only one outfit you should be wearing. Clearly it's the new Dodge Hellcat reindeer onesie, which has just gone on sale at Dodge's online lifestyle shop.

The 100-percent polyester fleece onesie has a bright red hue that is reminiscent of the red in the Dodge logo. It zips up in the front (naturally) and features a crew neck. It comes in sizes small through 3XL, proving it could be a good fit for most anyone, not unlike a Dodge Charger or Challenger.

Most importantly, the Dodge Hellcat Reindeer is embroidered on the right chest of the garment in contrasting white stitching. The Dodge word logo and rhombus are on the left in white and gray. The Dodge rhombus is also on the left leg in white.

Like Dodge customers, the garment is considered "one of a kind" according to the website.

If the $69.95 price tag of the onesie is too much of a stretch for your budget, consider the equally as handsome dark gray Hellcat Redeye Reindeer t-shirt which is just $17.95 (plus $5.95 shipping and handling - rush delivery is available for considerably more).

Among the other holiday gifts the automaker is touting are a 1320 Angry Bee ornament, "Ugly" holiday sweater, and a Demon whiskey barrel and stand.

Other FCA brands have holiday shops as well. Alfa Romeo's features finer items like a leather duffle bag and vanilla latte candle (with a leather wrap, natch) among the driving gloves and blanket choices.

Fiat offers a Fiat 500 children's pop up tent for just $30.95.

Jeep's gifts are among the coolest with two Hallmark ornaments to choose from: a 1982 CJ-8 Scrambler and a Wrangler Rubicon R/C Off-Road 1:16. There are Gladiator socks for the enthusiast and a drone and a pedal go-kart for the Jeep fan that just must have branded merchandise.

Ram has Stanley drinkware for sale, a Buck "55" lockback knife with the Ram logo featured on its blade, and a canvas and leather apron.

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Rivian vehicles are currently undergoing winter weather testing.

Photo composite by AutomotiveMap, screen image courtesy of Twitter/@RJScaringe

On Sunday night, while you were on the couch missing football and pretending not to watch HGTV reruns of "House Hunters", Rivian's RJ Scaringe was out working with the engineering team that's developing the company's R1T and R1S all-electric vehicles. He posted about it on Twitter.

Scaringe, who is pretty open about the product development process on Twitter, described what they were doing saying that he was working on "developing traction control for some of our more fun driving modes". The one in particular that was shown in the video is Drift mode.

No internal combustion truck or SUV features a specific Drift mode straight off the line from the company. A combination of button switches and screen selections can get you something similar in many vehicles, namely the ones that let you disengage traction control.

Tesla's Track Mode V2 allows owners to adjust their vehicle's drive dynamics in a similar way.

While driving, Scaringe shows off the truck's fully-digital driver information display, which shows that the truck is traveling around 30 mph as it makes its way across the snow-covered track. The navigation screen is also on display showcasing a vivid picture of what the area looks like in more hospital temperatures.

The footage is shown as one of Rivian's electric utility vehicle rivals, the GMC Hummer EV has begun promoting its testing regimen in the snow.

Earlier in the day, Rivian's corporate Twitter account showed footage of the snow testing alongside other captured moments of the R1T and R1S including an intriguing water fording test and mountain climbing.

The company has been continuously giving updates regarding its development progress, even teasing the fact that its truck will be capable of a tank turn.

Rivian has released the footage as the company takes aim at its June 2021 scheduled deliveries start date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated factors, the comany was unable to keep its original targeted delivery date for the first Rivian vehciles - late 2020.

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The 2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP has gotten a new tire option.

Photo courtesy of MINI

Who says that winter driving fun has to be regulated to large parking lots post-blizzard? The MINI John Cooper Works GP is challenging that perception with a new equipment and dynamics setup that pushes the limits. It follows in the tread of the limited-edition John Cooper Works GP that was sold in 2006 and 2013.

The new MINI John Cooper Works GP is the fastest model of the British premium brand ever to receive road approval. The power comes from the car's standard twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which generates 306 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP

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The MINI John Cooper Works GP is ready to take on winter weather thanks to new Hankook tires.

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To harness the power on the road, MINi is offering winter tires specially designed for the car. The ultra-high performance Hankook tires are designed to translate from bare pavement to snowed over trail to snowy tracks. Called the Winter i*cept evo 2 tires, they are sized 195/45 R18 87H XL. The asymmetric tread of the tires features shaped sipes and grooves that optimize both traction and braking on snow-covered roads. They are mounted on model-specific, 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels.

The MINI variant is optimized to allow for maximum traction from a standing start and advances the nimble drive dynamics of the traditional MINI. Its braking system features four-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes on the front wheels and single-piston fist-caliper disc brakes on the rear wheels.

The interior of the model has traditional MINI design elements but ups the the ante with colorful accents and a new free-standing digital instrument cluster on the steering column.

A number of components in the model are 3D printed including elements of the aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel. The steering wheel clasp and the individual decorative trim strip in the passenger area have also been constructed using the printing process.

The MINI is limited to just 3,000 units.

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