Bentley showed its the second special Mulliner coach model, and it’s a crossroads for the brand. It’s called the Bentley Mulliner Batur and is a glorification of Bentley’s base engine, the twin-turbo W12. It is also a sign of things to come. The styling you see here will be adapted for future Bentleys electric cars.
The car is clearly a Bentley from the start. It has a long front end, a prominent rounded rectangular grille, a rear-mounted cockpit and wide, flowing rear fenders. But it has a more aggressive look than some recent Bentleys. The grille looks like it’s more forward angled. Instead of round headlights, it has arrow-shaped blocks that look like eagle eyes. The rear window, instead of rising up, stays low along the beltline. The tail has an almost boat-tail appearance and features slim taillights. It’s a Bentley, but it’s also new.
Inside is clearly closely related to Continental GT, which is not bad. But it can be separated with special materials. Batur buyers will be able to customize almost every aspect of the car with different leathers from different locations, different interior trims and upholstery designs. Bentley also offers some very unique materials. Metal parts such as HVAC switches can be made of titanium or even 3D printed 18k gold. Some of the interior trim can be made of a natural fiber composite that is similar carbon fiber, but made from natural fibers rather than synthetic carbon. Natural fiber can also be used for the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. And of course, the exterior can be customized with just about any paint and graphic imaginable.
Bentley says the Batur is powered by the most powerful version of the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. It makes 730 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an adaptive air suspension, active anti-roll bars, four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, an electronic limited-slip differential and torque vectoring to help it steer and stay in a straight line. Stop it is a set of carbon from silicon carbide brakes with 10-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rear.
Only 18 baturs will be built, and they are all booked. Prices started at 1.65 million British pounds, or $1.95 million. While there will only be a few of the Batur, keep an eye out for its design to appear in Bentley electric cars coming in 2025.