Bentley Bacalar unveiled as roofless Grand Tourer with 650 HP

Bentley Bacalar unveiled as roofless Grand Tourer with 650 HP

One percent who are not completely satisfied with the Bentley Continental GT Convertible can be happy to see the new Bacalar designed by the world’s oldest coachbuilder, Mulliner. That said, the wealthy should know that the 12 cars slated for production have already been talked about, even though the car costs 1.5 million pounds (about $ 1.91 million at current exchange rates).

Billed as the “rarest two-door Bentley in the modern era,” the new Bacalar is literally a roofless car with just two seats instead of the four-seat cabin in the Continental GTC. The rather polarizing exterior design is inspired by last year’s eccentric EXP 100 GT concept adapted from the coupé to the barchetta design. Interestingly, only the door handle was carried over from the Continental, and only because of the keyless entry system. All other exterior parts have been specially designed for the Bacalar.

The car has a rear track 20 mm (0.8 inch) wider compared to the Continental GT and rests on massive 22 inch wheels with a tricolor finish exclusively created for two-seater touring. Rather than slapping on a boring badge, Mulliner opted for a fancy “Bacalar” graphic on the back panel, complemented by a Flying B logo in bronze.

Although the exterior is undoubtedly special, it is on the interior that Mulliner has pulled out all the stops to give the Bacalar a special look and feel. The dashboard uses a very rare river wood, which Bentley characterizes as “a durable wood of naturally fallen trees which has been preserved for 5000 years in the peat bogs, lakes and rivers of the Fenlands of East Anglia, in England”.

The seat inserts, backrests and sides of the headrests are made of natural wool fabric, while the pure wool woven Wilton rugs complete the look. As a final touch, the car comes with a matching luggage set using the same embroidery as seen on the seats.

At the heart of Bacalar is the Volkswagen group’s latest evolution of the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine, now developing a huge power of 650 horsepower and the same torque of 667 lb-ft (900 Newton-meters) as in previous specifications . It is linked to an overhauled eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission promising faster gear changes, allowing for 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) travel in three and a half seconds and exceeding top speed 200 mph (322 km / h).



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