Signifying the start of a design revolution at Bentley Motors, the Crew-based luxury-car manufacturer has finally whipped the wraps off the Mulliner Batur, the most powerful car in the British marque’s history. Limited to only 18 units, each priced from £1.65 million (R33 213 730.04!) excluding taxes and options, all examples have already been reserved by Mulliner clients. 

Mulliner Batur

Built by the company’s coachbuilding division, Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilder in the world, Bentley says the Batur showcases a new design DNA that will ultimately guide the design of its future battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the first of which is scheduled for 2025, and families of cars that follow. 

Andreas Mindt, Bentley’s director of design, says, “The design of a modern Bentley should always be potent, inspirational and harmonious. The form has to be strong and muscular whilst remaining graceful. There must be both elegant flow and muscularity.” For the two-door grand-touring coupé, Bentley’s design team has “modernised” the firm’s signature front grille.

Mulliner Batur

The revised grille is lower and more upright to give the Mulliner Batur a “stronger” face and a “more dominant” stance. New headlamp clusters flank the grille. The rear lamps are also all-new and sited on either side of a deployable spoiler.  

Beyond the exterior form, Bentley says each owner has an endless array of choices to personalise their Batur. The company says the paint choices are infinite. The front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser can be had in carbon fibre or a sustainable natural fibre composite. The Batur sits on “unique” 22-inch wheels. As standard, the alloys are painted in Black Crystal. 

As with the exterior, the interior can be personalised to a client’s heart’s extent. Indeed, Bentley says the interior has been designed for “ultimate” personalisation. “Every element of the cabin is tailored to the customer’s specifications,” said the automaker. Most notably, the Bentley Dynamic Driver selector is finished in 18-carat gold. 

The Mulliner Batur has the most powerful engine ever fitted to a car bearing the iconic Bentley badge. To achieve this, the carmaker has handed the hand-crafted W12 motor a new intake system, upgraded turbochargers, new intercoolers and “extensive” recalibration. The 6.0-litre unit produces 544 kW and 1 000 Nm of torque. 

The chassis has also been upgraded to ensure the Batur is the most dynamic Bentley yet. The two-door coupé features adaptive three-chamber air springs, each with switchable chambers. Traction has been enhanced thanks to an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that actively vectors drive torque across the chassis. 

Stopping power is provided by a carbon-silicon-carbide braking system. The 440 mm front and 410 mm rear discs feature 10- and four-piston callipers, respectively.