5 Automotive Alternatives to Santa's Magic Sleigh
Honestly, it would be way more cool if Santa stops by at your house with an Enzo instead of a sleigh...
Everyone here will probably know about Santa’s reindeers and his magic sleigh. Every year, on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus travels around the world with this sleigh, giving out presents to children. However, the world has changed, and honestly, who rides a sleigh these days. Sorry, Rudolf, but Santa Claus needs something more than just 10 horsepower in the modern world.
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1. Mercedes Benz E63S AMG
Recently, a group of three men announced that they have driven across the States in just 27 hours and 25 minutes in a modified E63 AMG. This already proves that the E63S AMG is the perfect car for Santa. Santa’s journeys will mostly consist of long-distance high-speed cruising, and the E63S AMG is definitely the perfect car for it.
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Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8, the E63S AMG produces a whopping 612hp and achieves a top speed of 307km/h. However, it is not the sheer power that makes this car suitable for Santa. Thanks to its 4Matic+ system, the car feels planted in the ground and further allowing Santa to drive fast in snowy or wet conditions. Furthermore, the ride is surprisingly comfortable and an optional massaging system, Santa would never have to worry about back pain during long drives!
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2. Lamborghini Urus
The Urus is Lamborghini’s new SUV, but with supercar level performance. Although Urus is 2019’s favourite SUV for rappers with terrible taste, the car itself is built to be more than to be featured in an Instagram post full of #Lamborghini. The Urus will definitely suit Santa’s need for luggage space, comfort, and terrain capability at the same time.
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The Urus is also powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 also used in the Panamera Turbo and RS6 but is tuned by Lamborghini to produce 641hp. However, power is nothing without control. The Urus can adapt to handle tough terrain from snow, ice, sand, and dirt just by the flick of your fingers. This will especially be useful for Santa as he travels all around the world. Of course, the Urus has plenty of luggage space in the boot with a cabin enough for 5 grown men. The only drawback is that the Urus will definitely draw the attention of people too much…
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3. Hennessey VelociRaptor V8
If Santa wants something even more extreme than the Urus, he has an American alternative to it. The Hennessey VelociRaptor V8. Based on the Ford Raptor, but with a new engine, Hennessey has created a mindblowing monster. Normally, this car is pretty much useless in most situations, but for a guy like Santa, it would work out perfectly.
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The 3.0L Ecoboost V6 has been replaced with a 5.0L Ford Performance V8 with a supercharger to produce 758hp. That is already 117 more horsepower compared to the already powerful Urus! The suspension has been modified for more ground clearance and better damping, meaning this car can handle any type of terrain at high speeds. Furthermore, as it is based on the Ford Raptor, it means Santa can haul any type of luggage in his pickup bed, and if that’s not enough, he can always hitch a trailer. This is definitely the ultimate ‘luggage carrier’ for Santa.
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4. Ferrari FF
Is the Hennessy VelociRaptor to ‘Murican for you Santa? Well then, here’s an Italian take of what a fast ‘luggage hauling’ car should be. The Ferrari FF is Ferrari’s first mass factory-built shooting brake, and it does basically everything Santa needs. Power? Check. Traction? Check. Luggage Space? For a Ferrari, check.
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The FF is powered by 6.3L V12, which produces 650hp. However, the Ferrari FF was not built for pure speed. With 4 seats and a decent boot, the FF is built for a Scottish B-road drive rather than a fast lap at Silverstone. Despite being more of a grand tourer than a proper supercar, the FF still boasts great traction thanks to its AWD system. And most of all, it’s available in Rosso Corsa, Santa’s favourite colour of all time.
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5. BMW M3 Pickup
Now here’s the final alternative to Santa’s magic sleigh. The BMW M3. You might be wondering, “Wait, was there a pickup version of the M3?”. Yes, there actually was, and two of them. But the one I’m going to look in today is the one with the glorious V8. The M3 pickup was never mass-produced, but there is one working example built for April Fools Day, and I’m pretty Santa can get his hands on one.
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The M3 Pickup is basically a standard M3 with a pickup bed and a Targa top, which means it still retains the M3 performance with extra space for luggage in the back. The M3 is still regarded as one of the best sports saloons in the world, and according to journalists who have driven the pickup, the M3 Pickup “lives up to the legacy of the M3”. But what if Santa can’t get his hands on this rare gem? No worries. There are bodywork tuners who do pickup conversions, and if that’s not viable, Santa can always get the one-off BMW X7 pickup…
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At the end of the day...
Being a Santa is a very gruesome job. You literally have to move around the world for 24 hours. Even Le Mans racers don’t drive for 24 hours, while our beloved Santa manages to finish 24 Hours of Christmas every year. Therefore, this year, if you get to meet him, instead of shouting at him for a present that you don’t want, just give him a big warm hug thanking him for what he has done for you every year. Happy holidays, Drivetribers!