When we think of Bentley, we think of round lights, impressive grills, and luxury design with the power to back it up. The Bentley Mulliner Batur matches this image perfectly – although without the round lights.
Instead, the slick alternative sets the tone for a car apart. The next difference? Two doors instead of four make an already lithe trademark design that bit sleeker.
But what appear to be surface-level considerations, in reality, go much deeper for the British-based manufacturers. For Bentley, this is a hallmark car curated to mark a momentous occasion. Through the Bentley Mulliner Batur, their design team is speaking their new design language for the first time. As the automotive industry moves to meet eco-conscious standards, Bentley has had to adapt. This means saying goodbye to the W12.
However, the engine that powered most Bentley models for the last two decades, along with the success of the company itself, hasn't gone anywhere – yet.
A VOLCANO READY TO ERUPT
While the official Bentley press release confirms the luxury car owes its unique name to the 88m deep Lake Batur of Indonesia, we'd like to note its striking similarity to the lake's neighbour – Mount Batur – an active volcano. Thanks to the new and improved W12, the Bentley Mulliner Batur enjoys explosive power. The near-iconic W12 engine produces 740hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, making this the most powerful Bentley ever.
What’s more, you're guaranteed all the trappings of a state-of-the-art luxury car, with features such as chassis technology including eLSD, four-wheel steering, and 48V electric active anti-roll bars bringing dynamism to match design and performance. But it’s not just all impressive features and figures – it’s also about how it feels to drive the incredible Mulliner Batur by Bentley.
Crafted by the same folk that perfected the open-top Bacalar, nothing less than razor-sharp focus and unfailing dedication to user experience is to be expected. Plus, over at the British luxury carmaker's carbon-neutral factory in England, the 18 soon-to-be Bentley Mulliner Batur owners are given the chance to decide exactly what that looks and feels like for them – with the guidance of Mulliner's design team, of course.
They'll each receive a one-of-a-kind Bentley Mulliner Batur to call their own. But the customization doesn't stop there. Once behind the wheel, the driver is given free rein to control the car by selecting a specific mode using the Drive Dynamics Control on the central console. The modes include Sport, Bentley, Comfort, and Custom. But what does it really feel like?
INSIDE THE BENTLEY MULLINER BATUR
First, you'll notice just how comfortably accommodating the ‘taut, yet flexible' seats are. That's partially thanks to Dinamica: a suede-like alternative to the leather used by many high-end car manufacturers thanks to its luxurious edge and reliability. The entire interior has been beautifully trimmed by hand, blending black, red, and orange tones. In Bentley’s language: Beluga, Hotspur, and Hyperactive.
A lower spoke steering wheel almost reclines into your hands, allowing you to lie back and enjoy the ride. The best part? Whatever you touch is delightfully soft.
With a 6-liter, 12-cylinder turbocharged engine behind you, you'll really feel the power. Add in top-grade wheels, and you'll always feel like you're cruising over smooth surfaces.
This is not the first time we have been in awe when contemplating Bentley’s new designs. That feeling of déjà vu has been caused by the new-look Bentley Continental GT S and GTC S and the luxury driving with a clear conscience offered by the Bentley Flying Spur hybrid.
So, while Bentley is taking an industry-wide evolution in their stride, they've made one thing crystal clear: come rain, wind, or storm, elegance, exquisite style, innovation, and impeccable craftsmanship are always central to their empire – as seen clearly with the Bentley Mulliner Batur.