729-HP W-12–Powered Bentley Batur is the last stop before electric vehicles

  • Bentley’s Batur Limited Edition will be limited to 18 coupes, based on the Continental GT but with all-new bodywork.
  • The Batur gets a 729 hp version of Bentley’s long-lived W-12 engine.
  • As is the norm these days among new car reveals, this one shows the future design direction of upcoming EV models.

    It might seem strange to look at a car powered by a 729hp W-12 engine and think about electric vehicles, but that’s what Bentley is ordering us to do with the Batur, a limited-run coupe that just got unveiled at Monterey Car Week. Because while the Batur is still powered by mild, mild hydrocarbons, we’re told it showcases the design direction the British luxury brand plans to take when developing its first full electric vehicle, which is set to arrive in 2025.

    Under its brand new body, the Batur is based on the floor and the mechanical assembly of the existing Continental GT. Only 18 will be built by Bentley’s bespoke Mulliner division, and all have already been booked by customers, none of whom have apparently been put off by the base price, which translates to nearly $2 million at rates. current changes. We’re told that at least some of those customers already own copies of Mulliner’s previous Conti-based limited run, the 2020 roofless Bacalar. encouraged Bentley to order more Batur, and it seems likely other ultra-exclusive models will follow.

    Resting beast face

    Like the Bacalar, the Batur is named after a natural body of water, in this case Lake Batur, a 290-foot-deep crater lake in Kintamani on the Indonesian island of Bali. Give yourself a geography point if you already knew that. The muscular aesthetic is the work of a small team led by recently arrived Bentley design director Andreas Mindt, with a reimagined styling language that seeks to combine elegance with power projection. What the company calls a “resting beast stance: imagine a lion or tiger lying low in attack position in tall grass.

    While the Batur’s towering grille is a familiar detail of existing Bentleys, the new teardrop-shaped headlight units are a radical change for a marque that has become associated with large circular lights, with the smaller openings containing three powerful spotlights. . Behind that, the Batur’s long bonnet gives apparent proof that even all-electric Bentleys will retain the marque’s distinctive rearward cabin position. The side profile is pleasantly reminiscent of that of a muscle car, and the rounded rump of the Batur is softer and more organic than the more angular lines of the Continental GT. The only parts carried over are the exterior mirrors, these containing too many sensors for it to be economically viable to create new ones for such a limited series.

    The cabin retains the Conti’s basic dashboard architecture, as Bentley was unable to drastically alter safety-critical systems like airbag placement for such a limited run. But, of course, it’s finished with even more luxurious and rarer materials, with buyers able to specify a virtually limitless range of colors, and with trim options including a natural composite which is described as a more sustainable alternative. to carbon fiber. The fascia includes a laser etched sound wave that represents the sound of the W-12.

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    Twilight Sentinel

    While much of the Batur looks to the future, the 6.0-liter W-12 is definitely part of Bentley’s past. Even the official version acknowledges that she is entering her “twilight years” but also describes this version as being her ultimate development. A new intake system, upgraded turbochargers and recalibration increased output to 729 horsepower, a 79 horsepower increase over the output of the W-12 powered Continental GT Speed. The Batur’s chassis uses the combination of air springs, adjustable shock absorbers and a 48-volt electromechanical anti-roll system from the W-12 GT. It also has a power-operated rear differential, carbon-ceramic brakes, and custom 22-inch wheels as standard.

    Several Batur buyers have apparently traveled to Monterey to witness the unveiling and complete the specification of their cars, with deliveries expected to begin mid next year. If you blame yourself for missing something, you might want to go to your local Bentley dealership and beg to put yourself on the list for the next limited run.

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