Ultra-luxury British carmaker Bentley unveiled the all-new Bacalar — an ultra-exclusive, hand-built two-seater. The British manufacturer will only build 12 Bacalars, and they’re already sold out at a reported price of $2 million.
The Bacalar comes from Mulliner, the company’s coach-building arm that creates custom and limited-run Bentleys. The roadster has a barchetta design (that was clearly inspired by the EXP 100 GT Concept) meaning it’s an open-top sports car with no removable roof. Bentley’s new creation was named after Laguna Bacalar, an incredibly beautiful lake in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
It marks a return to coachbuilding for Mulliner, as Bentley announced a three-portfolio collection: Classic, Collections and Coachbuilt, focusing on bespoke editions of the main Bentley line-up. The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is actually the first project from the coachbuilding arm and also the company’s first two-seater in decades. It shares no body panels with any other Bentley model, apart from the elegant door handles that are also present on the new Continental GT.
It’s a lot like the EXP 100 GT, but while that concept was all electric, this sports car will be powered by the firm’s massive 6.0-liter W12 that’s able to produce 650 HP. The rounded headlights and the thin LED DRLs flanking the front grille add a futuristic touch to this beauty, while the generous lower air intakes, the ventilated hood or the bulky wheel arches show you it’s all about power and speed.
The Bacalar sits wider than the Continental GT, on bespoke 22-inch wheels, wrapped in high performance tires. In the back, its design looks a bit more toned down than the EXP 100 GT concept, with a slightly redesigned bumper that incorporates a diffuser with room for the two rectangular tailpipes. It looks like an elegant 21st century Grand Tourer, with an interior to match.
Under the hood, this coachbuilt supercar comes with Bentley’s impressive 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 engine, but with 650 HP it’s 24 HP more powerful than the Continental GT. The car also features an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, an all-wheel drive system that varies the torque between axles, plus a special 48-volt Dynamic Ride System that apparently offers a more responsive ride and exceptional handling in any conditions.
Inside the cockpit, it’s all elegant and chic: the superb wraparound dashboard has been cut from 5,000-year old Riverwood, the seats feature 148,199 individual stitches to create a unique quilt, the stylish clock was beautifully positioned between the middle air vents, and many other bespoke details, like two tone leather, glossy black accents and chrome elements, complete the unique styling.
The Bacalar also comes with a digital instrument cluster, boasting a rotating display that’s inspired by the Continental GT, and lots of buttons next to the gearshift lever that control almost every function of the car.
There’s also a special “Bacalar” logo embedded into the steering wheel and seatbacks, but let’s face it, that open-top view of the sky above and the high speed thrills will make you forget about anything else. The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will be also offered with a pair of bespoke travel cases that will be trimmed to match the interior details.