New Bentley Mulliner Batur Is A 730-HP Preview Of Its Future Designs

The new Bentley Mulliner Batur is their most powerful model to date and it serves as a preview of its future designs.

Like all other manufacturers, British ultra-luxury brand Bentley is on its way to an electrified future. As a matter of fact, this new Bentley Mulliner Batur will be their last model to be fitted with their 6.0-liter W12 engine–or at least the last to come without any degree of electrification. Its swansong to the W12 is their most powerful tune to the engine to date, and the Mulliner Batur also serves as a preview of the brand’s future electric vehicles (EVs).

Bentley Mulliner Batur

Bentley Mulliner Batur

If the new Bentley Mulliner Batur will be their starting point for their future models, then sign us up. As the name suggests, the Batur is a creation of Bentley’s Mulliner coachbuilding division. While its platform is based on the Continental GT, they don’t share any body panels. As a result, the Mulliner Batur is one of the most beautiful Bentleys to our eyes.

The beauty of the Mulliner Batur starts with its bold front end, which is characterized by its lower and more assertive grille. The V-shaped vent surrounding the lower portion of the grille as well as the side air intakes are functional–since they cool the most powerful W12 engine that Bentley has ever made. Sitting beside the bold grille is a pair of slim LED headlights that are an evolution of those found in the Mulliner Bacalar.

By moving the visual mass rearward, the Mulliner Batur has strong cab rearward proportions. The long “endless bonnet” is highlighted by its silver trim that runs all the way to the rear windows. This hides the shut lines of the hood, giving this coupe a very clean look. And then as we move towards its stunning rear, we can see that the roofline flows neatly towards the trunk lid. The proportions are very similar to a Mercedes-AMG GT, especially due to its very thin LED taillights.

The most powerful Bentley to date wouldn’t be complete without some of the visual cues that hint at its performance. The 22-inch wheels are unique to the Mulliner Batur, while the rear features an electronically deployable spoiler. Lastly, that large diffuser at the rear bumper can be finished in exposed carbon fiber or natural fiber composite.

Bentley Mulliner Batur

Moving inside the Bentley Mulliner Batur, the overall design is very similar to the Continental GT, especially with the rotating panel at the center that can show three gauges, a black piece of trim, or the infotainment screen. However, to make the interior feel more special, the Mulliner Batur has a higher center console for a sportier feel. Some of the notable highlights of the interior include the 3D-printed 18K gold switches, as well as the sound waves of the W12 engine engraved into the veneer on the dash. Of course, as a vehicle crafted by Mulliner, every facet of the vehicle is extremely customizable to the owner’s tastes.

The most powerful Bentley to date comes with a 6.0-liter W12 engine that has been the hallmark of the brand for 20 years. The engine made its debut in the first-generation Continental GT. In its latest interpretation in the Mulliner Batur, this engine is 25 percent more fuel efficient than when it first came out, all the while pumping out 730 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque. This is sent through an all-wheel drive (AWD) system with an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. It should also produce a distinct noise thanks to the titanium Akrapovič exhaust with 3D-printed titanium finishers.

The Bentley Mullinar Batur should also be the most dynamic Bentley to date. Its adaptive air suspension has a 48-volt anti-roll control system, which can provide as much as 1,300 Nm of anti-roll torque in merely 0.3 seconds, as well as four-wheel steering, torque vectoring by braking, and carbon silicon-carbide brakes with 10-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers at the rear.

Only 18 units of the Bentley Mulliner Batur will be made, and all build slots have already been reserved. Each will have a base price of £1.65 million ($1.95 million), with deliveries set to begin in mid-2023.

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