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5 of our favourite season’s greetings for this holiday season

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Granted, the better half doesn’t seem overly impressed when the air-pruned spruce finally makes it to the couple’s oddly remote dwelling. At least Max managed to keep the bristles intact…Mercedes-AMGHaving read the first two items on this list, and despite Mercedes’ equally entertaining ‘Pit stop puppy’ and Formula 1 carollers, you might assume each of our preferred season’s greetings includes a wildly impractical form of Christmas tree delivery and ruined rear rubber. Well, you’re half right. The fact that this themed teaser video features no pretense, no storyline, and a festively wrapped 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 high-revving its 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and spinning the ever-loving crap out of its rear tires doesn’t hurt either. Very much in Drift / Hooligan Mode, the new, expected-to-be 400+ hp A45 picks up the mantle as the world’s most powerful hot hatch – its predecessor topped out at 376 hp after initially being launched at 355 hp – and subtly showcases some new quad exhaust pipes, a revised rear spoiler and extended wheel arches. All to the very-unseasonal rhythm of Grime, ‘Don’t Stop’, for those of you growing more and more despondent in the comments section. Okay, that’s the last of the ‘drift’ Christmas videos, promise.FIATWe’ve heard of wrapping cars, but this is ridiculous! Hahahahahaha, oh sod off.Okay, granted, unless you currently reside within Zones 1 and 2 of London – yes, in the UK – FIAT’s team of ‘little helper’ 500s will be of no use to you. It’s an interesting idea though: simply by sending a Twitter-based SOS with the #WrappedbyFiat hashtag, one of FIAT’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder city runarounds will be dispatched with paper, sellotape and an arse-load of bubble wrap to cater to your gift-wrapping needs. For those of us who pride ourselves on box-wrapping – seriously, you could cut yourself on those sharpened edges – but year after year are defeated by Toblerones, tricycles and the occasional puppy, this could be a blessing in disguise. If you live in the UK. In London. In Zones 1 or 2. Hondahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6honIgRxeIAnd so we end not with drifting, not with gift-wrapping, and not with a Christmas tree and a deadline, but with actual sentiment. I know, I know, we’re slipping, but we can’t help it. This one kicked us square in the feels. It’s called ‘The Magic Snow Globe’, and rather than promoting the updated CR-V or setting another front-wheel-drive lap record with the Civic Type R – although we wouldn’t mind seeing a snowy Nordschleife lap with studded tires – it’s actually the promotional material of a new program in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in the UK. It provides children undergoing cancer treatment over the festive season with a ‘Winter Wonderland’ virtual reality scene-scape, one that can be experienced via the Oculus Rift. You can check out the 360-degree scene yourself right HERE, and while it doesn’t feature a donuting Lotus, a 900-hp Dakar brusier or a sneak peak of a 2019 hatchback… well, how could we not include this here? *Fear not, normal service of motoring news and innate sarcasm with be up and running again in the New Year. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas or #Driftmas… oh-I-swore-I-wasn’t-going-to-use-it! Honourable mention: DodgeUnder normal circumstances, a Dodge Challenger Hellcat retuned as a sleigh and Bill Goldberg taking a break from the squared circle to, hopefully, destroy all memories of his first role as Kris Kringle – Santa’s Slay, anyone? – would automatically make this list. But given that we ran a full news piece when the video originally dropped on YouTube, we just couldn’t justify taking up a spot on the list with Santa’s Rudolph replacement. Our list, our rules, comments section, etc. center_img LotusNauseating as the #Driftmas related hashtag most definitely is, Lotus pretty much nailed it with this typically English tribute to Ken Block. For starters, the brand’s sideways weapon of choice is the Evora GT410 Sport, the second most powerful coupe on Lotus’ lineup that fires – yes, good guess – 410 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6. Couple that with a 1,256-kg kerb weight, and you have an impressive 314-hp/ton power-to-weight ratio – on par with an Audi R8 V10 Spyder – the festive rubber of which is hooned, sideways, around most of Lotus’ Hethel facility ring roads. The fun doesn’t end there though. The GT410 Sport and its unnamed beast of a driver takes a quick amble past the team’s famous Formula 1–championship winning 72 – so good it won three titles in ’70, ’72 and ’73 and remained unchanged for five years – and the company’s most famous sports car, the Bond era Esprit S1.The brandy sauce atop the Christmas pudding? The tree is decorated with miniature Evora ornaments. Well played Lotus. Well played. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more