The Most Exclusive Bentley Yet? The Mulliner Bacalar Roadster
As if a Bentley isn’t rare enough for most people, the British ultra-luxury brand has introduced what it calls its “most exclusive and bespoke Bentley of the modern era” – the two-seat, open-top Bentley Mulliner Bacalar.
Bentley Mulliner, the brand’s coachbuilding service, is behind this unique grand tourer. In fact, it will be behind just 12 of them, each to be built to a customer’s own specifications. It’s a completely bespoke and new vehicle, sharing not a single aluminum or carbon fibre body panel with any other Bentley, and in fact is inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept that Bentley debuted just last year.
The biggest difference between those two cars is under the hood. Whereas the EXP was electric, the Bacalar roars with a revised version of the company’s 6.0-litre W12, which puts 650hp and 667lb ft of torque down to an all-wheel-drive system that favors more of a rear-wheel-drive mode under normal conditions.
The Bacalar isn’t just about engine specs, of course. Bentley says the car uses considerable amounts of sustainable and ethically sourced materials, such as paint containing ash from rice husks, which provides a rich metallic finish; natural British wool; and 5,000-year-old Riverwood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia. As one does.
Inside, two occupants sit in wraparound cockpits, swathed in the finest Beluga leather, while behind the seats is a ‘luggage pod’, where a set of bespoke Schedoni fitted luggage nestles in perfectly. Each car also sports a ‘1-of-12’ unique clock face, while each customer will be involved for further personalization of their own cars.
Oh, about that, don’t bother contacting the Crewe, UK, factory about getting your own Bacalar. All 12 are already spoken for.
*Images courtesy of Bentley