Bentley Targets China's One-Percenters With Exclusive Collection by Mulliner

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Bentley is aware that China is the biggest car market worldwide, and while the crew from Crewe has said no to some large automotive events recently, it couldn’t have missed the 2024 Beijing Auto Show’s massive exposure.
As a result, they have created a few models personalized by their Mulliner Division, which currently sit under the spotlight at the car show in China's capital city. These include a one-off Continental GTC S that was sold, the Batur in a different hue, the Bentayga EWB flagship, and the Flying Spur Azure Hybrid.

Exclusively created for the People's Republic, the Continental GTC S has a few special features inspired by surfing. The exterior paint is called Snow Quarts, and it's said to be a nod to the natural colors of ocean waves. The Light Celeste pinstripe contributes to its exquisite nature. Light Celeste is the main hide in the cabin, with Beluga being the secondary. There is a dual-gradient single finish veneer with Brunel over Light Celeste, too, Piano Brunel on the center console, a Light Celeste chevron pinstripe that was handpainted, and a few other goodies.

Deemed the most powerful Bentley ever, the Batur's production is limited to just 18 cars, and one of them has graced the 2024 Beijing Auto Show. The two-seat grand tourer in question has a Gloss Aquamarine finish in a premiere. The hue came from Mulliner, and the automaker says any part of it can be customized, mentioning "endless samples of unique materials," with the result being "truly individual and created by the customer," who is "limited only by their imagination."

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Bentley's Batur features natural fiber veneers, sustainable leather, and 3D-printed 8K gold accents. A 6.0-liter engine supplies the firepower. The twin-turbocharged W12, which can trace its roots back to the 2003 Continental GT, is good for 739 horsepower (750 ps/552 kW) and 738 pound-foot (1,000 Nm) of torque. The Batur will run out of breath at 208 miles an hour (335 kph) and take around three and a half seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 kph). All 18 cars were sold despite the eye-watering base price of £1.65 million (equaling $2+ million at today's exchange rates).

Chinese car buyers appreciate long-wheelbase models, so Bentley also checked this box at the 2024 Beijing Auto Show with the Bentayga EWB. The longer version of the brand's luxury crossover can be ordered with one of eight three-color interior combinations, all bearing Mulliner's signature. The British auto marque states that the customization options include nearly 4,000 tri-tone color combinations. The Bentayga EWB shown in Beijing has a Bespoke Interior Color Split with Linen and Imperial Blue hides, a Camel accent color and different hues used on the front and rear seats.

Powering the Bentley Bentayga EWB is a conventional V8. Thus, the W12 or the electrified six-banger with plug-in capability are unavailable for this model. The turbo'd 4.0-liter unit pumps out 542 horsepower (550 ps/404 kW) and 568 pound-feet (770 Nm) of torque. The car manufacturer states the long wheelbase version of its luxury SUV has a top speed of 180 mph (290 kph) and the ability to accelerate to sixty miles per hour (97 kph) in a very respectable (for a luxury high-rider) 4.6 seconds.

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With the Mulsanne being dead and buried since 2020 and the smaller Flying Spur acting as its indirect successor, Bentley has also checked the luxury sedan box at the 2024 Beijing Auto Show. The Flying Spur Azure Hybrid breathes the same air as the aforementioned models and features bespoke details inside, like the Galaxy Stone over Imperial Blue Dual Finished Veneer. The stone veneer trim comes from natural products that were formed over 200 million years ago, and it is one of the car's highlights.

Under the hood, Bentley's Flying Spur Hybrid uses a 2.9-liter V6 unit and an electric motor. The latter generates 134 hp (136 ps/100 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque, and the ICE is good for 410 hp (416 ps/306 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). The model boasts a combined 536 hp (544 ps/400 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It needs 4.3 seconds to push to 62 mph and has a top speed of 177 miles an hour or 285 kilometers per hour.

Last but not least, Bentley also unveiled three personalized collections created in partnership with Mulliner, which are also exclusive to the Chinese market. The local culture inspired these, and they will go on sale this year. The Koi Carp Collection is limited to eight cars. The Landscapes Collection features as many rides. Finally, the Ru Yi Collection comprises three rides and was inspired by the traditional Chinese Ru Yi owned by ancient nobles, which symbolizes power and good fortune.

The 2024 Beijing Auto Show has opened its gates today, April 25, and will end on May 5.
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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