Bentley Mulliner Batur Teases New Design Language And Most Powerful W12 Engine
Bentley Mulliner published a new and more revealing teaser for the upcoming Batur, a coachbuilt grand tourer that will debut on August 21 during the Monterey Car Week. The handbuilt limited-production model will introduce a new design language for the brand, featuring the most powerful version of the W12 engine alongside Bentley’s most advanced chassis setup.
Following the first teaser with the grille and the announcement of the name, the new video reveals the entire profile of the car. The Bentley Mulliner Batur is characterized by traditional grand tourer proportions, coming with a long bonnet and a sweeping roofline. The silhouette looks similar to the Continental GT – on which it is presumably based on – but the bespoke bodywork creates a more upmarket look.
The LED headlights escape from the signature round shape associated with Bentley, the muscular rear shoulders are further emphasized, while the side windows adopt a new style reminiscent of Rolls-Royce. The taillights are quite thin, sending Jaguar and Mercedes-AMG vibes, inspired by the 2019 Bentley EXP100 GT concept. The only parts that might be carried over from the Continental GT are the windscreen, the doors, and the mirrors.
The new design language was created under the leadership of Andreas Mind, Director of Design at Bentley, and will find its way into the future EV range of the brand, with the first fully electric model expected to debut in 2025.
New material options for the interior include sustainable natural fiber composites, low-CO2 leather, and 3D-printed 18K gold. Bentley says that the “color and finish of every surface and component can be specified by the customer”, resulting in limitless personalization options. It is also safe to assume that the Batur will be equipped with every single tech and comfort feature found in Bentley’s portfolio.
The teaser confirms that the Batur will be fitted with the W12 engine, in its most powerful form yet. The motor – which according to Bentley “is entering its twilight years” – produces up to 650 hp (485 kW / 659 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque in the Continental GT Speed and the limited-production Bacalar. It is not clear if the Batur will retain or exceed those figures.
The bespoke grand tourer will also benefit from “Bentley’s most advanced chassis system ever”. In our ears, this sounds like the all-wheel-steering, the eLSD rear differential, the carbon-ceramic brakes, and the Bentley Dynamic Ride system from the recently updated Bentley Continental GT Mulliner, although the limited-production model could take the chassis setup a step further.
We will learn more about the Bentley Mulliner Batur – including the number of units that will be produced – in a couple of weeks’ time at the Monterey Car Week. Judging from Bentley’s previous teaser campaigns, we wouldn’t be surprised if we got more revealing shots of the car prior to its debut on August 21.