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$2 Million Coachbuilt Mulliner Batur Showcases the Future of Bentley’s EV Design

Bentley’s first all-electric car is due out in 2025 and will usher in an all-new design language for the acclaimed British automaker. But to tide over its most important customers by then, Bentley has unveiled the new Mulliner Batur, a drive-over coupé that gives a glimpse of what to expect from the brand’s future electric vehicle models.

The Batur is not an EV, however. It uses the most powerful iteration of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 to date, making over 730 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The Batur has a titanium exhaust system with 3D printed tips, and it has all the same performance features as the Continental GT Speed ​​it shares a platform with. This includes gigantic carbon-ceramic brakes, a 48-volt active anti-roll bar system, electronic limited-slip differential, adaptive air suspension and torque vectoring.

The Bonneville Pearlescent Silver paint is lovely.

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But enough about performance, style is what matters here. The Batur is a two-door fastback coupe with a long bonnet and rather stately roofline, and while it’s instantly recognizable as a Bentley, it looks more edgy than even the coachbuilder. Bacal Speedster which began production last year. Bentley describes the Batur as having a “resting beast stance”, inspired by the way a lion or tiger crouches before attacking.

The Batur has a really huge, more upright rectangular grille with a slightly rounded top edge, and the innards have a super intricate diamond pattern with colored and gradient chevron accents. Instead of being round like just about every Volkswagen-era Bentley, the Batur’s headlights are rounded at the bottom but feature an LED “front” at the top, adding to the menacing look. There are large air intakes in the lower bumper that give the Batur a kind of smile, and the hood has nicely integrated vents near the leading edge. Running along the bonnet and flowing into the window trim is the “endless bonnet” line, which serves to visually lengthen the profile of the car.

The Batur has a rear opening hatchback.

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From certain angles the Batur’s greenhouse makes the car look a little chunky and tall – there’s a lot of mass over the rear wheel – but the rising lines that run from the triangular fender vent help the Batur to achieve that tiger position. The 22-inch wheels have a unique directional design on each side, so the design points the same whichever side of the car you’re looking at, an expensive touch. The rear of the Batur is nicely sculpted, with slim taillights that are the same shape as the headlights but elongated, a winged Bentley logo protruding from the tapered tip of the tail, and an active spoiler at the base of the rounded hatch. I’m not so sure about the wide swath of Black Crystal paint that makes up this particular Batur’s bumper and diffuser; it should look more cohesive in a different finish or when paired with a different paint color. The Bonneville Pearlescent Silver body paint looks great, though.

It’s harder to modify the interior of modern bodied cars – blame those pesky safety rules – so the Batur’s cabin doesn’t differ too much from the Continental GT, but Mulliner is capable of a lot of crazy things when it comes to the details. The Batur uses a number of sustainable materials like low carbon leather from Scotland, carpets made from recycled yarns and a new carbon fiber alternative natural fiber composite. The interior gloss may be titanium, and some components, like the air conditioning organ stops, may be 3D-printed 18-karat gold.

More cars need gold trim.

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This Batur combines Beluga leather with Low Carbon Hide in a new hyperactive orange color, and there’s matching Dinamica suede throughout. The seats have Batur’s signature chevron pattern in Snap Orange to match the grille, which also contrasts with the white threads. The dash and door panels have Piano Black trim that blends into a lighter, matte Fine Brodgar finish, and the fascia has a laser-etched sound wave that represents the W12’s exhaust note. Most components are anodized aluminum and satin-brushed titanium, and the 12 o’clock mark on the steering wheel and rotary drive mode selector are 18-karat gold.

Bentley will only make 18 examples of the Batur, all of which have already been announced at a starting price of a skosh under $2 million. Because the Batur is hand-built at Mulliner’s facilities in England, owners can choose from a virtually endless list of paint colors, interior upholstery and trim options, even working with Bentley designers on totally personalized designs and finishes. The first deliveries will begin in mid-2023.

Despite its fully customized body, the Batur remains limited by the constraints of the Continental GT platform. But electric platforms allow a lot more freedom in proportion and design, and the Batur’s styling themes will translate well to a number of different body styles and themes. What Mulliner will be able to do with future body projects will be even more impressive. Now is a good time to be a Bentley customer.