The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar has been revealed marking the British marque’s return to bespoke coachbuilding.
All 12 examples of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar are already spoken for despite the massive £1.5 million ($A3m) price.
Named after Laguna Bacalar in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the Mulliner Bacalar is based on the Continental GT, yet it only shares one exterior component with the doner car – the door handle, simply because it contains the keyless entry system.
The body is constructed from a mix of lightweight aluminium and carbon-fibre. Obviously the Bacalar takes some inspiration from the EXP 100 GT with the unique front and rear horizontal lights.
The Bacalar sits on extended haunches, with the rear track 20mm wider than a Continental GT, to provide a more muscular, sporting stance. The arches are filled by bespoke 22-inch tri-finish wheels.
In place of a traditional badge, designers have placed the Bacalar on the rear panel, ‘hidden’ behind the lacquer of sustainable rice husk paint, with the capital ‘A’s influencing the contours of the lower bumper area.
Bentley Mulliner says the exterior look of each model will be completed in collaboration with individual customers, who are able to further personalise their car, choosing from rare paint options, exterior treatments and design themes.
The two-seat interior gets a unique ‘wraparound’ cockpit design which flows from a steeply angled centre console into the dashboard, before sweeping into the door panels. These then wrap towards a semi-enclosed luggage compartment behind the seats.
According to Bentley Mulliner, every interior detail has been uniquely designed. There’s a new knurled pattern on the vents, steering wheel controls, media and climate controls. Each element has a fine, Dark Bronze detail to further enhance the finish, with Midnight Black Titanium detailing.
Uniquely designed details and features in the cabin emphasise the coach-built character of the car, with an almost infinite number of ways for customers to express their personal taste and commission a unique interior.
Power comes from a tweaked version of Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12 engine which in this instance produces 485kW and 900Nm. Drive goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Along with the Bacalar, Bentley Mulliner announced it will now offer three different portfolios: Classic, Collections and Coachbuilt.
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