Bentley’s Exclusive New Batur Is A 740-HP Custom Coupe
Bentley’s super luxury Mulliner shop has built a beastly new supercar.
Bentley’s Mulliner shop, known for creating some of the English brand’s most luxurious top-end vehicles, has just pulled the curtain off of their latest creation; the Bentley Batur. The Batur is a 12-cylinder coupe that puts the full force of Mulliner’s customization to use with every body line, every stitch of interior and, uniquely, under the hood.
On first glance, the Batur is a bruiser of a car, evoking more muscle heritage, a juxtaposition to their other coupe, the Continental. This is, quite possibly, the last car Bentley will ever unveil featuring W12 engine, as the company plans to go hybrid and (eventually) fully electric in the coming years, so they’ve gone all out with the Batur.
The W12 engine has been beefed up to spit out over 740 horsepower. It makes you wonder what Mulliner could accomplish if they spent more time under the hood and less relegated to exterior design and super-luxury interiors.
Make no mistake though, the Batur isn’t lacking on those fronts either. As much as this might be Mulliner’s final crack at the iconic engine, it’s a significant look forward at the design and techniques Bentley has planned for the future.
The Batur’s interior features new methods and materials with touches that were created by 3D printing gold and titanium. Dashboards feature customization never before possible. Classic leatherwork—a hallmark of any Bentley—takes on new form with designs inside that mimic grille and trim components outside.
The design of the exterior is another example of the company using the Batur to hold firm to its heritage while giving the world a glimpse into their future. The Batur actually forgoes the iconic round headlights that have become a signature look of Bentley vehicles. Instead, it opts for a slitted laser-like set of lights on the front end, indicative of the all-electric offerings that are set to turn up by decade’s end.
With a sticker price of £1,650,000—or just shy of $2 million with the current exchange rate—the price isn’t actually the most prohibitive aspect of getting into a Batur. Mulliner has only made 18 of these cars, all spoken for before the Batur was officially announced and all bought sight-unseen.
When asked what Bentley does for elite customers who missed out on buying a Batur, Adrian Hallmark, the company’s CEO, stated simply “they’ll just have to buy what we create next.” If Mulliner keeps it up, whatever’s next will surely be just as exciting and collectible as the Batur.