The new Batur coupé is limited to just 18 series examples, all reserved by Mulliner clients and priced at £1.65m (exc. taxes and options) each.
Bentley Motors is reaching a whole new level in the manufacturing of luxurious cars. Its latest jewel is a two-door grand touring coupé limited to 18 series pieces. Called Bentley Mulliner Batur, the coupé new design indicates what we can expect from Bentley’s future electric vehicles (BEVs).
Described as the most powerful Bentley yet, with a 740+ PS version of the hand-assembled 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the Batur forms the first part of a celebration of the W12’s extraordinary power, torque and refinement. Engine performance will be matched to the most advanced Bentley chassis ever, with Speed-tuned air suspension, electric active anti-roll control, eLSD, four-wheel steering and torque vectoring.
“Beneath the beautiful exterior lies the most powerful engine we’ve ever developed. Our W12 engine is easily the most successful twelve-cylinder automotive engine in history, and as it approaches its retirement to make way for future hybrids and BEVs, we want to mark its accomplishments. […]. The Batur is the next step in Mulliner’s expansion, demonstrating the demand for truly bespoke vehicles that combine luxury and performance in ways that only Bentley can deliver”, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark comments.
One of the key selling points of this new coupé is the innovative design that announces a new chapter in Bentley’s Beyond100 transformational journey to become the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company.
Let’s remind that to achieve this goal, Bentley recently invested £3 million to double its Additive Manufacturing (AM) capacity at its headquarters in Crewe, England where all Bentley models are built.
“At the very front of the car, we’ve modernised the famous Bentley grille and made it lower and more upright, to give a stronger face and a more dominant stance. This upright elegance brings self-confidence with a luxury stance. The grille is flanked by a new headlight shape and design, an evolution of the design used on Bacalar and maintaining the single large headlight either side. These are matched with all-new tail-lamps at the rear, that sit either side of a deployable spoiler. Overall, the form is cleaner and simplified, and we rely more on curvaceous surfaces bisected in the right places to reflect light and dark and bring more muscle to the design”, Bentley’s Director of Design, Andreas Mindt explains.
However, what raises our attention the most is the additive manufacturing mark in the customizable solutions: clients will choose between bright or dark treatments to the interior brightware and titanium options are also available. Certain controls – like the organ stops for ventilation – are even available in 3D printed 18K gold.
High-performance composites made from flax offer a sustainable alternative to carbon fibre: strong and light, yet with a much lower environmental footprint. Sustainably produced leathers are also available as an option exclusive to the Batur. Their integration requires techniques that involve much less water and aldehyde than traditional tanning. Leather-like textiles made from by-products of the coffee roasting process are also used in the car.
Combination of AM and precious metals opens up new possibilities to tap into a whole new dimension of personalization, and that’s definitely one of the key characteristics that will define future luxurious cars.
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