Bentley Continental GT Convertible can look forward to seeing the new Bacalar designed by the oldest coachbuilder in the world, Mulliner.
The Bacalar, whose name comes from the Bacalar Lagoon in Mexico, known for its bright blue water, is, according to Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark, the “ultimate expression of an open-top, luxury grand tourer.”
In the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar, the doors and fenders are made from carbon fiber, while the clamshell covering over the rear compartment is aluminum. The body panels feature additional air intakes, a double hump behind the front seats, and more pronounced rear haunches over the 20-mm wider rear track. There is no roof — presumably owners will drive one of their dozens of other cars if rain is predicted.
Power comes from Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12, tuned here to deliver 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque instead of the usual 626 hp and 664 lb-ft in the Continental GT. An 8-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system complete the mechanical package. No performance numbers were mentioned but we suspect there will be an improvement on the Conti GT’s 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.
Bentley said the Bacalar represents the first endeavour in a new strategy that will see the Mulliner division focus on three main areas: restoration and recreation of classic models, production of low-volume coach-built cars, and customization of core models.
Bentley says 12 copies of the Bacalar will be built, each individually personalized with input from its buyer. The company did not elaborate on the degree of customization between them even though the car costs an eye-watering £1.5 million (about $1.91M at current exchange rates).