Bentley Mulliner Bacalar: A British Luxury Masterclass


Bentley Mulliner is known to be the oldest coachbuilding company in the world. It’s now returning to bespoke coachbuilding with the Bacalar. This model is arguably the most beautiful roadster you’d ever set eyes on and there are just 12 of them made. If you’re thinking of owning one, don’t bother getting your checkbooks though because all 12 are already taken. 

These Bacalars will be handbuilt in Crewe, England at the company’s workshop. Each of the cars will be made according to the client’s exact specifications. It makes them completely unique and even more exclusive. 

If you’re wondering, the name of this car from Bentley Mulliner comes from the name of a lake situated in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The company has been known to name its vehicles after beautiful natural landmarks. It all started with the Bentley Bentayga which was from the Roque Bentayga of the Canary Islands. 

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will be the first product of the company’s Coachbuilt division. We will be seeing more and more Coachbuilt cars in the future for sure. The Bacalar is reminiscent of the Barchetta sports cars because it has only two seats and it doesn’t have a roof. It would be best to store a couple of umbrellas just in case of a downpour. 

This model takes some tricks from the EXP 100 GT concept where the materials are made up of sustainable and ethically-sourced pieces such as natural wool, rice husk ashes, and even a 5,000-year-old Riverwood. While all these efforts are admirable, now more than ever, the company remains to be the symbol of conspicuous consumption. 

The Bacalar is equipped with a 650 hp twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12 engine. It has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission as well as an active AWD. The car can vector torque between the rear and front axles as necessary. For regular conditions, the system is more favorable with the rear axle which maximizes its efficiency by delivering great and outstanding driving dynamics. 

When it comes to aesthetics, the Bacalar takes inspiration from the EXP 100 GT again because it has a similar evocative design. It doesn’t share any exterior body panels with Bentley models that are a series-production. You’ll be surprised to know that only the door handles are the only exterior part that it shares with the Bentley Continental GT. 

The interior of the Bacalar is a masterpiece of Bentley Mulliner designers. The attention to detail is amazing. It has a special new knurled pattern and you’ll see it repeated throughout the other parts of the car such as the center console controls, speaker frets, and the bullseye air vents.

Adding to the complexity of the Bacalar are the Midnight Black Titanium and Dark Bronze details. Another thing that adds a dramatic effect to the interiors is the natural wool, fine Beluga leather, and Bentley’s semi-gloss leather. 

Adrian Hallmark, the Bentley Chairman and CEO calls the Bacalar a remarkable and rare Bentley. According to him, it is Bentley’s ultimate expression of a luxury grand tourer, an open-top, and of the incredible capabilities of their Crewe team. 

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