The Bentley Mulliner Batur is a £1.65m coachbuilt grand tourer
File under 'British Eccentricity'. Bentley has decided to show the main features of its new design language for the electric era… on a 12-cylinder petrol burner that's the most powerful road car it has ever built.
The Batur is another collectors' Bentley, a sequel to the sold-out Bacalar roadster. But looks very different, and not just because it's a coupe. Only 18 of them will be made, and Bentley has already shown the design in secret to some of its best customers. Chalk it up as a success: it sold out many weeks before the public unveiling at the Monterey Car Week.
At a price of £1.65 million each. That's plus VAT or the local equivalent, but I guess these are the sort of collectors who go by Leona Helmsley's motto 'only the little people pay taxes' (said shortly before she was imprisoned for tax evasion). Whatever their tax arrangements, they have taste, eh?
The Batur is a thorough but surprisingly subtle re-body of the Continental Speed. And wonderful though the Speed is, I guess an extra dollop of horsepower and handling dynamism can do no harm. So the W12 engine is titivated up to 740bhp and 1000Nm – a nice round 1000Nm if you speak metric.
TEXT Paul Horrell