Bentley unveiled the 18-unit limited series Batur as a grand touring coupe at the 2022 Monterey Car Week, and it was the most powerful vehicle ever built by the British brand.
The car manufacturer chose a different way of saying "goodbye" to the W12 turbocharged powerplant that moved Bentleys for about two decades. The Batur was based on the Continental GT, but it was built by the automaker's bespoke Mulliner division.
The exterior kind of resembled the shapes of a Continental GT in terms of proportions, but the details made it look completely different. At the front, the V-shaped grille resembled a boat's bow, and it was flanked on the upper side by a pair of swept-back headlights. In addition, on the lower side of the bumper and on the sides, there were additional cooling areas, which were all functional. The hood, which resembled the one from the Bacalar, featured a center spine and a pair of exhaust vents placed on the front side. The Batur's profile showed a set of exhaust vents on the doors, while the greenhouse featured a sloped-down line towards the back of the coupe.
Inside, Bentley not only created a luxurious, leather-clad interior, but it also added some 18-karat gold trims around the cabin, including on the drive-select dial. There were a pair of bolstered seats at the front and a bench for two in the back.
Under the hood stood a hand-built, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that sent its 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) torque in all corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain also featured all-wheel steering, torque vectoring, and a rear eLSD.
A limited edition of just 12 units of Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will be made. It is, somehow, a pity since the big convertible looks just drop-dead gorgeous. It has two seats and a special bodywork built by the oldest coachbuilder that still exists in the world, Bentley Mulliner. The name Bacalar has been borrowed from the Bacalar Laguna from the Yucatan peninsula.
The special two-seat convertible has a handcrafted bodywork and every single unit will be built in Crewe according to each customers' specifications. All 12 units have already been sold to customers around the world. Not a single body panel is shared with other Bentley models. The full-LED headlights and taillights, the 22” light-alloy wheels or the paint are completely different than those found on other Bentleys.
Inside, the materials used to build the Bacalar comprise natural British wool and 5.000-year-old Riverwood from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia, for the dashboard. Each car also features a unique clock face with individual one-of-12 badging.
Under the hood there is an enhanced version of the 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine. It produces 659 hp and 900 Nm (667 lb-ft) of torque. The all-wheel-drive system is modified from the others used on the rest of the Bentley lineup. It is biased more towards the rear wheels and, if the grip and traction values require, more torque is redistributed to the front wheels.