Santa is going to love his new 542-horsepower sleigh.
With the holidays fast approaching, Bentley is getting into the spirit of the season by dressing up its Flying Spur for Christmas. Dubbed the "Reindeer Eight," this festive one-off Flying Spur was designed by Bentley's bespoke Mulliner division for "a world-famous customer."
Hint: his name rhymes with "Fanta".
On the outside, the Reindeer Eight is finished in a deep red Cricket Bauble paint - a unique shade based on Cricket Ball, which is one of 62 shades offered by the Extended Range. At the front, the Flying B hood mascot is replaced with a gold 3D-printed reindeer, while the bodyside V8 badges are replaced with 'Reindeer Eight' emblems.
Elsewhere, the standard chrome hood strip is replaced with a gold one, and there's a surprising amount of carbon fiber, with the side sills, rear diffuser, and trunk lid spoiler all being rendered with the lightweight material for "maximum aerodynamic performance at cruising altitude." The festive exterior is finished off with a set of gold-finish 22-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires, and special diamond-pattern graphics resembling snow-covered mountain peaks occupy the bodysides.
Inside, the Reindeer Eight is finished with a monotone Cricket Bauble interior to match the outside of the car, with gold personalized embroidery and hand cross-stitching. Santa's name is even stitched onto the driver's seat, and inlays on the dashboard and doors depict a North Pole winter night scene.
A true step up from Santa's usual, uncovered sleigh, the Reindeer Eight boasts amenities like adjustable seat bolsters and a multi-mode massage function, not to mention a roof and cabin heating. Every time he fires it up, he'll be greeted by the sound of sleigh bells ringing, along with a helpful "naughty or nice" list integrated into the navigation system within the 12.3-inch infotainment unit.
Just like the regular Bentley Flying Spur, the Reindeer Eight is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque - a significant upgrade over Santa's traditional transportation with its 8 brp. That's "Brake Reindeer Power", and yes, it is a standard unit of measure in the North Pole.