Even if you have $2 million you can’t have a Bentley Bacalar, because all 12 examples are already spoken for — sorry…
The Brits over in Crewe have been teasing us with this thing for weeks now leading up to the cancelled Geneva motor show, and now that the secret is out we can confirm Bentley’s latest isn’t named after the Portuguese word for a cod fish – instead the new Bentley Bacalar takes its tag from a lake in Mexico.
Just 12 example will be made, each distinctively designed and created with a price tag around the $2 million region, but since they’re all accounted for don’t get any ideas. Bentley is also pretty chuffed to highlight the fact that every Bacalar will be built by Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilding company in the world that can trace its roots to the 16th century when they did fancy horse-drawn carriages for those dark-agers who didn’t subsist on mud and potatoes.
The roofless roadster features tapered cowls at the rear so that the Brits can romanticise it by calling it a Barchetta, and there is a wrap-around cockpit inside, two seats, and 5,000-year-old wood veneer. Don’t worry they didn’t just go wild with an axe – the wood comes from sustainable sources. In other words, they dug it out of a bog in East Anglia. Even the paint contains ash from rice husks, to give the Bacalar its metallic finish, and natural wool for the seats and carpets.
Under the bonnet things get more familiar – the engine is Bentley’s 6.0-litre 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged to deliver 650 horsepower. With 48-volt electric the car banks on the usual tricks from Crewe, such as an adaptive chassis and air suspension. With 900Nm of torque the Bacalar won’t be no slouch. All-wheel drive ensures rapid acceleration, and the torque is focussed towards the rear as much as possible during normal driving conditions although it can vary seamlessly between the two axles.
To keep the weight somewhat down, engineers went with carbon fibre for the doors and fenders, and aluminium for the rear clamshell and top deck. The track is 20mm wider than a regular Bentley Continental GT that the Bacalar is based on, and 22-inch wheels fill the arches out nicely.
All in all the Bentley Bacalar is very nice, very expensive, very exclusive, and you could even call it sustainable – Mulliner’s workshop in Crewe is the world’s first certified carbon neutral luxury car factory, so go buck wild and keep your conscience.