Latest Coachbuilt Bentley to Showcase Future BEV Designs

Bentley is showing that there are still some legs left in extraordinary ICE powered vehicles with the release of the first sneak peek at the Bentley Mulliner Batur.

Billed as “the most extraordinary Grand Tourer yet” the car is the next limited run exclusive, handcrafted and infinitely customizable grand tourer coachbuilt by Mulliner that makes its global debut at Monterey Car Week this coming weekend. As the successor to the Bacalar – a run of 12 Barchetta-design Bentleys – the new car showcases an all-new design language for the automaker, with “classic features from the past reinterpreted into new, cleaner forms that rely on the use of contrast to provide definition”.

While the Batur will be powered by a tuned W12 gasoline motor, its design will shape the future range of Bentley Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), with the first to be launched in 2025. The Batur’s ICE will be producing more power and torque than ever before. The power of the W12 will be matched by Bentley’s most advanced chassis system ever, promising exceptional dynamism to match stunning straight-line performance.

Like the Bacalar, the Batur is named after a beautiful natural body of water. Lake Batur is an 88m deep, 16 km2 crater lake in Kintamani on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Naturally, being a bespoke build, the color and finish of every surface and component can be specified by the customer, with practically limitless ways of creating a Batur. Material options include sustainable natural fiber composites, low-CO2 leather and even 3D printed 18K gold.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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