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Bentley Mulliner Batur Previews The Electric Future Of The Brand

Bentley will only build 18 examples of the 710-horsepower Batur for the princely sum of around $2.0 million.

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Bentley will only build 18 examples of the 710-horsepower Batur for the princely sum of around $2.0 million.

Bentleys are about to take on a more distinctive appearance than they have in quite some time. This week in Monterey, California, the brand new Bentley Mulliner Batur coupe is unveiled, serving as a forerunner to all future models.

In several respects, the Batur deviates from the defunct Bentley design language. The split rounded headlights are gone and this coupe has sleek triple-beam light fixtures with LED accents that jut out toward the front fenders. Unique 22-inch wheels fit snugly within the wheel wells, and the taillights are even slimmer than before. The new grille is evolutionary, with aggressive bumper detailing below it.

Design chief Andreas Mindt and his team at Bentley conceived the Batur. After 25 years working for other Volkswagen Group brands like VW and Audi, Mindt joined Bentley in 2021; you may recognize Mindt as the designer behind the all-electric Audi E-Tron.

Similar to the E-Tron, the Mulliner Batur will guide Bentley’s styling as the automaker transitions into EV production as part of its “Beyond100” strategy. While a fully electric Bentley is planned for 2030, the Mulliner Batur isn’t one of them.

A 6.0-liter W12 engine with twin turbochargers is under the hood, and it has been tuned to produce 710 hp (544 kW) and 738 lb-ft (1,050 Nm) of torque in this particular Bentley. The most potent vehicle ever produced by the company, it features four-wheel steering, a limited-slip differential, and electric active anti-roll, all of which are part of an advanced air suspension.

The Batur’s interior isn’t as dramatically different as the exterior. The interior was clearly influenced by the Bacalar from the previous year, but it has been updated to reflect the tastes of the individual customer while still being environmentally responsible.

Every one of the 18 Mulliner Baturs that Bentley will produce at a hefty price tag of £1.65 million (roughly $2.0 million USD at current conversion rates) has already been purchased. After thorough testing is completed and production begins in the first half of 2023, the first few units will be shipped to customers by the end of that year.

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