Bentley's Second “Car Zero” for the Week Is the Coachbuilt Mulliner Bacalar

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If anyone wants a drive down Bentley memory lane, there are twelve continuation examples of the iconic 4½ Litre Blower on their way. And we know that because the Crewe-based automaker just revealed the looks of “Car Zero,” which is the prototype used for thorough durability and performance testing. There’s just one problem – all Blowers have already been sold.
Well, if this weren’t Bentley – a luxury automaker who doesn’t embark on journeys it can’t pay for – there would be a second chance with the second “Car Zero” prototype of the week. But since we’re dealing with Bentley’s Mulliner Bacalar, the entire run of 12 customer cars of the modern coachbuilt series has also sold out.

No worries, one can always hope there’s a late dropout, just like it was the case with Bugatti’s Baby II. Meanwhile, Bentley stays the course, and the engineering prototype of the limited-edition Bacalar is now ready to embark on its own durability and testing journey.

Apparently, the automaker has decided the engineering validation chapter of the project needs the fastest wrapping possible, so the “20-week schedule demands intense, non-stop work.” Clearly, some people won’t have the best Christmas and New Year ever – even though, for many outsiders, working for Bentley easily qualifies in the “dream job” category.

Sure, the Bacalar needs to prove not just for itself but also for the entire “Bentley Mulliner Coachbuilt portfolio.” The first member of the new range has to be tested to make sure the 750+ new parts are up to spec, with more than 40 of them being made of carbon fiber and almost 100 created through “rapid additive manufacture.”

The roofless Barchetta design has a reworked 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine under the hood, delivering 659 PS (650 hp) and 900 Nm (667 lb-ft) of torque for those 12 lucky owners to enjoy brisk performance with the wind in their hair. And, just to make sure they’re always safe, the Active All-Wheel-Drive System takes care of sending all those ponies to the tarmac.
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