Bentley moves to an electric brand only, but the company is not giving up on the internal combustion engine yet. This is clear today, when they presented the most powerful car in their history.
Known as the Bentley Mulliner Batur, the model is a luxury grand coupe with an upgraded version of the familiar twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12. Although the engine is “in decline,” it’s not dead yet, and engineers have fitted it with a new intake valve, upgraded turbochargers, powerful intercoolers, and numerous recalibrations. They didn’t stop there as the engine was also fitted with a titanium exhaust system that comes complete with 3D printed titanium pads.
Thanks to all these changes, the engine produces more than 730 hp. (544 kW / 740 hp) and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque. This is at least 80 hp. (60 kW / 81 hp) and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) more than the Continental GT Speedwhich can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h).
Although Bentley declined to release detailed performance specifications for the Batur, the engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The model is also equipped with a system of full steering control, torque vectoring and an electronic differential of increased friction.
Other notable features include an adaptive air suspension and an electric active anti-roll system that can deliver up to 959 lb-ft (1,300 Nm) of anti-roll torque in just 0.3 seconds. The model also features a Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) brake system that features ten-piston calipers and 17.3-inch (440 mm) discs at the front, and four-piston calipers and 16.1-inch (410 mm) discs at the rear.
The future of Bentley design
In addition to being the most powerful Bentley ever, the Batur features an upgraded design that “definitely defines” the style direction of this car. the company’s future electric cars.
The automaker did not go into details, but noted that the car has been equipped with an updated radiator grille, which has become lower and more vertical for a strong and confident look. The model also features an “endless hood” as well as minimalistic headlights that are described as an evolution of those used on Bachelor.
Moving further, we can notice a defined body and a pronounced shoulder line. Designers also moved the visual mass of the car to the rear for a sportier, more muscular aesthetic.
Other notable highlights include a powered spoiler and 22-inch wheels that are unique to this model. Buyers will also find a front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts and a rear diffuser that can be made from carbon or natural fiber.
Production will be limited to 18 units, and all are already booked, despite a base price of £1.65 ($1.95 / €1.94) million. Each will be “co-designed” with its owner, and they will be able to specify the color and finish of virtually every Batur surface. For the exterior alone, there’s the traditional Mulliner color palette, as well as completely custom options and even hand-painted paint. Buyers can also choose between light, dark, satin, gloss or titanium exterior finishes. Another option is a graduated grille in a contrasting color for a “vibrant ombre effect.”
The interior is highly customizable, and customers can order everything from natural fiber composite veneer to more traditional wood trim. If that’s not enough, some of the controls are available in 3D printed 18k gold.
Once customers create their ideal car, Mulliner will handcraft it over a period of months. If all goes according to plan, the first deliveries should take place in mid-2023.