A unique two-door grand touring coupé from Bentley called the Mulliner Batur, which is is limited to just 18 pieces , symbolizes the beginning of a design revolution at the company.
The Batur is a display of a new design DNA that will ultimately direct the design of Bentley’s future line of battery electric vehicles, and it was created by Director of Design Andreas Mindt and his team (BEVs).
Although it is named after Lake Batur, a huge crater lake in Kintamani on the Indonesian island of Bali, no Batur car will ever appear exactly alike to bear the nameplate. The fundamental element is what Bentley’s designers refer to as resting beast stance a huge cat, for instance, getting ready to pounce on some unwary victim. The car’s long hood line, which extends into the body and aids in visibly shifting the mass toward the rear haunches, is derived from this mentality.
The Batur won’t be powered by electricity, but it fear not as this car will absolutely not be sluggish. More than 730 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque will be produced by the 6.0-liter W12 engine’s twelve cylinders. All-wheel drive, an electronic Limited Slip Differential, and an eight-speed double-clutch transmission are all included. And the performance will be matched to the most advanced Bentley chassis ever, with adaptable three-chamber air springs, Speed-tuned air suspension, electric active anti-roll control, eLSD, four-wheel steering and torque vectoring.
Depending on whether the Batur is set to the Sport, Bentley, Comfort, or Custom drive modes, these components can alter the ride quality.
Massive 440 mm and 410 mm discs with 10-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers are included with carbon-silicon-carbide brakes. The sport exhaust system is fully comprised of titanium, and the finishers were 3D printed to match.
Inside, there’s seating for two and no shortage of high-end trim. As with the exterior, choice is key, and a decision around sustainability: in addition to Italian sustainable tannage leather, there’s low-carbon leather sourced from Scotland for a cut in air miles, plus a Dinamica suede-like fabric for those wanting to avoid traditional hides altogether. More of the natural fiber composite — in a 2×2 twill weave and finished in satin lacquer — can be had, while the carpets match the leather but are made from recycled yarn.
The Batur’s 18 examples have all been reserved. Each one will be developed jointly with each customer under the direction of Mulliner’s internal design team. Customers can design a Batur to be as unique as they are by choosing the color and finish of almost every surface. Endless array of options includes parts crafted in titanium, sustainable Natural Fibre composites and even 3D printed 18K gold.
Chassis technology including eLSD, four-wheel steering and 48V electric active anti-roll bars bring dynamism to match design and performance
Deliveries of the Bentley Mulliner Batur will begin in mid-2023