What Would Santa Drive?
One of the most legendary vehicles of all time is Santa’s sleigh — pulled by a team of reindeer — that somehow traverses the world in one night. But what if the big guy is ready for a new ride? Many great sleigh alternatives exist today, and while they may not be as magical as a flying red sled, they will surely impress. Read on for a jolly holiday list of new rides that replace reindeer power with horsepower and answer the question, What Would Santa Drive?
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Perhaps something Italian would be a nice fit for Santa. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio — named for a mountain pass in northern Italy — offers a beautiful leather-trimmed interior that Santa is sure to find more comfortable than a bench seat in a wooden sled. The Stelvio has a decent cargo space in back for a magic bag or two, and given that this Quadrifoglio has full-time all-wheel drive, the varying weather conditions across the globe shouldn’t be an issue. And with 505 horses on tap and a top speed of 176 mph, those reindeer will likely be left in the dust — stardust, that is.
Bentley “Reindeer Eight”
If Santa plans to replace the sleigh, he should get exactly what he wants — and what better company to deliver that than Bentley? Known for creating bespoke automobiles for a discerning clientele, Bentley recently fulfilled an order from a famous fellow seeking a new ride. This unnamed celeb wanted to upgrade his 8 brp (brake reindeer power) vehicle for something with a bit more oomph, and Bentley delivered. “[Oh] what fun it is to ride in a 542 horsepower sleigh. Plus, there’s space in the back for all my subordinate Clauses,” the jolly customer quipped. “I’m looking forward to putting 41 million miles on the clock before the end of the year,” said the man with a beard that’s big and white.
Bentley “Reindeer Eight”
Based on the latest Flying Spur, the Reindeer Eight features a gold three-dimensional printed reindeer in lieu of the Flying B mascot adorning the hood. This special one-off Bentley shines in deep red Cricket Bauble with gold trim — you could even say it glows. Santa’s new ride features carbon diffusers for the front and rear bumpers, carbon side sills and a boot lid spoiler for maximum aerodynamic performance at cruising altitude. Inside, Santa will appreciate the beautiful interior trimmed in the same Cricket Bauble with gold stitching as well as heated, multimode massaging seats — ideal for the new owner’s journey on a long winter’s night. Both Naughty and Nice lists have been integrated into the navigation system — per the new owner’s request.
Audi RS6 Avant
With Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system ready to keep Santa dashing through the snow, something from the stable of Germanic luxury performance vehicles might make a swell ride for Santa. The big man should go with the powerful RS 6 Avant — the luxurious interior and spacious wagon design are a big plus, and the RS 6’s turbocharged V8 engine pumping out almost 600 horsepower makes this one of the most potent Audis available. Instead of sleigh bells announcing his arrival, the RS 6’s sport exhaust will let everyone know that Santa’s back in town.
Dodge Challenger GT
For deliveries in the U.S., Santa would probably be most at home behind the wheel of a proper American muscle car. The Dodge Challenger certainly looks the part and fits the bill even more now that it’s available with all-wheel drive. The Challenger GT boasts a 305-horsepower V6 engine with plenty of oomph to throw some serious snow while Santa keeps to his strict schedule.
After a 25-year hiatus, the Bronco returns to Ford’s stable, providing Santa the opportunity to make his rounds on Christmas Eve in this iconic ride. The bold look of the new Bronco is sure to bring smiles to all good little girls and boys (and some moms and dads), and a snowy night won’t cause any issues for this go-anywhere rig. And if Santa happens to suddenly begin missing his open-air sleigh, he can remove the Bronco’s roof and doors so everyone hears his “Ho Ho Ho.”
Santa has been roughing it in that open-top sleigh for years, so it’s high time he treated himself to something a bit more luxurious — a Rolls-Royce, perhaps? And not any ol’ Rolls will do — Santa needs the space and capability of the Cullinan SUV. The bold grille and legendary Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament will turn more heads than an old red sled, and Santa will surely enjoy Cullinan’s lavish interior. In fact, Santa may want to let Rudolph drive so the man in red can stretch out in back and enjoy a splash of bubbly eggnog between lightning-quick deliveries.
Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye
Although the name Hellcat doesn’t sound filled with holiday cheer (then again, neither does the roar of its supercharged V8 engine), we honestly don’t think Santa will mind. This Charger has plenty of space for packages, and with almost 800 horsepower on tap and a top speed in excess of 200 mph it will definitely give Santa drive to make his deliveries with time to spare for a little drifting — he calls it dashing — through the snow.
Ford F-450 Super Duty
Not only does Santa need to make his rounds quickly, he also has tons of gifts to transport so this extremely large truck could be up to the task. The new Ford F-450 Super Duty can carry almost four tons of presents and look great doing it. Even better: The F-450 can tow Santa’s sleigh loaded with more than 37,000 pounds of goodness! But there’s no reason for Santa to rough it — the Super Duty Limited has a luxurious interior so the big guy can ride in ultimate comfort.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Since Santa has to travel all over the world on one magical winter’s night, the weather could be an issue this Christmas Eve. However, if any vehicle is up to whatever challenges Mother Nature can dish out it’s a Jeep. But Santa is on a deadline, so this can’t be any Jeep — it needs to be the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With the capability expected of a Grand Cherokee enhanced by a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 powerplant, this Trackhawk variant means Santa will have a holly jolly good time delivering gifts in this beast.
A vehicle capable of handling practically any terrain while cosseting its driver in ultimate comfort sounds like a perfect match for Santa. Thanks to the all-new AMG G63, deliveries to the highest mountaintops won’t be a problem, and with 577 horses on tap this big SUV will make great time over any terrain. The premium interior and available seat massagers will certainly keep Santa relaxed and happy while he enjoys the sports-car-like handling in this all-new G-Class.
Ram 1500 TRX
If there are two things Santa looks for in a sleigh, it’s room for hauling gifts and the ability to deliver them all on time. The brand-new Ram 1500 TRX comes through on both counts — not only does it tote plenty of packages in its full-size truck bed, it also moves at high speeds across practically any terrain thanks to trick off-road suspension and a 702-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. With bold styling that safely ensures no one will stand in Santa’s way, the RAM TRX has one other benefit — the man in red can give those hardworking reindeer a well-earned vacation because this truck can fly on its own.
Subaru WRX STI
When Saint Nick hits bad December weather, he’ll be pleasantly surprised behind the wheel of this Subaru because of its legendary ability to handle slick conditions. Although Subaru’s new Ascent SUV offers more space, the high-performance WRX STI would be the jolliest way to make tracks. With 310 horses sending power to all four wheels, Santa can drift his way through his rounds. A bonus — the big rear spoiler will look great decorated with Christmas lights and garland.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Saint Nick can be quick and efficient if he swaps his sleigh for the latest hybrid offering from legendary automaker Porsche. The updated Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid offers plenty of space for gifts and a luxurious interior that Santa will definitely enjoy. Even more exciting is a V8 hybrid powertrain that produces 689 horsepower, so this all-wheel drive sleigh is lightning quick if Santa’s running late. Arriving in town, the Man in Red can switch the Panamera to EV mode so there’s no danger of the big V8 engine disturbing any sleeping children’s visions of sugarplums.
Land Rover Defender
Making the annual trek from the North Pole with a flying sleigh is fine, but if Santa’s looking to enjoy the drive he might consider the all-new Land Rover Defender. One of the toughest and most capable vehicles in Land Rover history, the Defender is all new this year. With as much as 11.5 inches of ground clearance, an off-road configurable Terrain Response system and a range of powerful engines in the new Defender, Santa shouldn’t run into any trouble on his rounds — no matter what the weather.
Dodge Challenger Redeye Express
Perhaps Santa simply needs to trade up to a more powerful sleigh so his reindeer can have the night off while he dodges snow squalls in the Challenger Redeye Express. Based on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, this custom-built sled makes good use of its 797-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. We’re not entirely sure how all that power gets put down on snow, but then again there’s always a little magic in Santa’s sleigh — whatever model he chooses.