W12 Power for Bentley’s Two-Seat Roadster

Bentley’s first two-seat grand tourer in 90 years will boast an ‘enhanced’ version of its lusty 6.0-liter W12 gasoline engine.

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar employs a turbo-charged lump claims to be the most advanced 12-cylinder powerplant on the market with a power output of 650bhp and torque of 667ft-lbs. It also claims sustainable credentials using ethically-sourced materials first seen in the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car last year. These include paint containing ash from rice husks, natural British wool and 5,000-year-old river wood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia in the UK.

An active all-wheel-drive system varies the torque split between front and rear wheels depending on grip and performance demands. It allows the Bacalar to use rear-wheel drive as much as possible during normal driving to enhance the performance experience.

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.”

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

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