BH CORRESPONDENT, Crewe: Ultraluxury British carmaker Bentley’s Mulliner coach building division is back in news again.
The iconic brand revealed the all-new Bacalar as the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era. The two-seater Grand Tourer also spearheads a return to coachbuilding by Bentley Mulliner – the oldest coachbuilder in the world.
Just 12 examples of the Bacalar are being created, guaranteeing rarity and exclusivity, and offering supreme luxury and breath-taking performance. Each Bacalar will be handcrafted in Bentley Mulliner’s workshop in Crewe, according to the individual customer’s personal tastes and hence it is unlikely that they all will be the same.
Inspired after breath-taking natural beauty, Laguna Bacalar lake in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, Bentley’s strategy of naming cars after landmarks started with Bentayga in 2015.
The Bacalar sports a topless Barchetta design with all-new and highly muscular coachwork, embracing a myriad of options and materials.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is our ultimate expression of an open-top, luxury grand tourer, and of the immense capabilities of our team in Crewe.
“In Bacalar, we have created a fully bespoke Bentley, orientated towards a two seat open top experience, and carrying a number of the forward thinking elements of future luxury, first heralded in our EXP100GT as part of our Centenary celebrations last year.
Sustainable, ethically-sourced materials previewed in the EXP 100 GT concept car last year are used in the Bacalar. These include special paint containing ash from rice husks, which provides a sustainable way of delivering a rich metallic finish, natural British wool and 5,000-year-old Riverwood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia.
The Bacalar is powered by an uprated 6.0-litre, W12 TSI engine that produces 650bhp and 900 Nm of torque. In normal use, the car is rear-wheel biased and its active all-wheel-drive system varies the torque split between front and rear wheels.