Bentley proved what Mulliner, its in-house trainer division, is capable of when it announced the limited edition Bacalar in 2020. The convertible was well-received, so the British company. is said to be planning a follow-up model to celebrate (and ship) the W12 engine.
Citing an anonymous source inside, British magazine Autocar wrote that Mulliner’s next car will arrive as a coupe based on Continental GT. That doesn’t mean it will be like Continental GT; Bacalar is an evolution of convertible Continental but it has a different design. Instead, the model will be said to borrow styling cues from EXP 100 GT . concept (pictured) that Bentley introduced in 2019.
While the EXP 100 GT is electric, Mulliner’s next car will get the same 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine as the Bacalar engine. The powerful engine will be tuned to send about 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque to the four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it will take the coupe to 0-60 mph. in less than four seconds and switch to top speed speeds above 200 mph. Several improvements, such as stiffer suspension and large carbon ceramic brake, which will allow drivers to get the most out of the W12.
Crafted by hand, the coupe will have a base price of at least USD2 million before buyers start personalizing it; nearly every visual part of the vehicle, including the upholstery and paint, will be customizable. That number would make it the most expensive car Bentley has ever released. The report adds that production will be limited to 25 pieces, and we wouldn’t be surprised if a full batch is said before the model is announced – even if, like the Bacalar, it’s only been granted status “show and display” in the US. . If rumor is correct, we will learn more about the car in 2022 and deliveries will begin next year. This project can progress quickly; it lost Bentley nine months to make Bacalar a reality.
Some short-term projects serve several purposes: they generate profits, and they help luxury automakers enhance and strengthen their image. This coupe will also represent Bentley’s way of sending out its venerable W12 engine and giving the world a preview of its next design language.