Bentley has presented the pre-production version of the Mulliner Bacalar, which will be used for durability testing and for validation.
The Bacalar has the bones with the Continental GT, but they don’t share a single body panel. Only the door handle carries over on the outside. Bentley, at the end of the 20-week validation program the limited-run, open-roof model developed over 750 new components for it. Of those, around 100 are 3d-printed pieces.
“Very much like Blower Car Zero that we unveiled last week, Bacalar Car Zero is the crucial prototype that we’re using to sign-off the design, engineering and craftsmanship of this ground-breaking part of Bentley Mulliner’s future”, the Mulliner Director, Paul Williams, explained.
It packs a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine, rated at 650 HP (659 PS / 485 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. The unit is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system that splits thrust between the front and rear axles, although for optimum efficiency and performance, the car uses the rear-wheel drive as much as possible. Top speed stands at 200+ mph (322 km/h).
The next tasks include putting some miles on the Bacalar to make sure it’s durable enough for owners actually to use the car. There’s also the need to perform climate evaluations at up to 176 Fahrenheit (80 Celcius) and electrical system validation.
Bentley has already pre-sold all 12 units of the Bacalar. Each one costs the buyer £1.5 million (about $2.0 million).