This Rendering Proves The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Should Have Been a Two-Door Coupe
Bentley wowed us all when it flooded the internet with images of the glorious Bacalar, an aggressive two-seater based on the current-generation Continental GTC with design strokes signed by Bentley’s famed coachbuilder Mulliner. Now, we’re getting a peek at how a coupe version might look but you should withstand the urge to throw money in Bentley’s general direction as this is merely an unofficial render.
From the ashes of the canceled 2020 Geneva Auto Show rose many models that were supposedly slated to make their debut in Switzerland and Bentley’s eye-catching Bacalar would’ve surely attracted every and all camera lenses. As it happens, a web reveal is all we got but, alas, we’ve been drooling at the $2 million roadster ever since we laid eyes on it so we do hope Bentley’s short-term plan includes a Bacalar with a fixed roof arching over the heads of the driver and his very special companion sitting in the passenger’s seat.
Big Surprise: Bentley Is Considering An SUV to Replace the Now Defunct Mulsanne Sedan
Last week, we reported on Bentley’s cancellation of the Mulsanne and speculated a bit on what was coming next. In that very article, I speculated that Bentley would have been in hot water if it wasn’t for the Bentayga, and the company would likely build another SUV. Well, folks, I was right. In an interview with Car & Driver, Adrian Hallmark, the big-boss of Bentley, has said that flagship status could be given to a new luxury SUV that will sit above the Bentayga. There’s a twist, though, and you need to know about it.
Bentley’s First Electric Car Could Be Largely Different Than What We’re Used To
After Bentley showcases the EXP 100 GT Concept last year as an electric car of the future, everyone has been wondering what Bentley will really do as it moves into the new land of electrification. The EXP 100 GT looked good and all, but it’s a little too modern, so to speak, in some areas. The good news is that we may actually find out exactly what Bentley’s first move into electrification will be, as a Bentley electric car could be launched as soon as 2025.
Do These Renderings Represent the Bentley of the Future?
If Bentley and coachbuilding were people like you and me, they would be inseparable best friends. Take the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar or the Continental GT Convertible Equestrian, for example – they are overly luxurious and highly custom thanks to Bentley’s Mulliner division. These examples show just how far Bentley will go to tailor its vehicles to customer desire, and with the whole automotive world shifting like never before, what does the future hold for a company like Bentley? Well, modular coachbuilding could become the next big thing, and automotive designer Joseph Robinson drew up a project to represent just that.
2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition
Bentley is adding a new member to its growing lineup of exclusive bespoke creations. The newest addition is called the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition. Limited to just a single unit — yes, there’s only one in the world — the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition makes for a suitable follow-up to the outlandish Bacalar roadster that the boys from Crewe, England unveiled earlier this month. Though not as over-the-top as the Bacalar, the Continental GTC Equestrian Edition is a sultry one-off that draws inspiration from the popular hobby among the rich and famous. It features extraordinary and exclusive details that no other Continental GTC carries, justifying its billing as a true one-of-one creation. The Bentley Continental GTC Equestrian Edition is already spoken for, and, as you might expect, the one-off model was specially commissioned by a client who’s fond of thoroughbreds.
Here’s Why Bentley Killed off the Overly Luxurious Mulsanne Sedan And What’s Coming Next
There was a time when large, overly luxurious sedans were the cream of the crop for Bentley. Back when the Arnage was a thing, for example, Bentley was able to move 1,200 examples per year. It doesn’t sound like a lot when compared to mainstream vehicles, but for a company like Bentley that does so much by hand, that’s a lot. The Mulsanne was once a big deal too, but it has officially been canceled indefinitely with the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition – limited to just 30 examples – being the final Mulsanne to ever be produced. So, were sales of the Mulsanne really so bad Bentley had to cancel it altogether? Well, here’s the full story behind the demise of the Bentley Mulsanne.
2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Add Bentley to the growing list of automakers that have taken the bold step of introducing a roofless speedster in their vehicle portfolio. The British automaker took to the Interwebs to introduce the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2-million open-top sports car that was named after a lake in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, features paint made using rice husk ash, and interior trim that includes wood accents taken from trees that fell way before Jesus was born. The Mulliner Bacalar is a showstopper in every sense of the word. It looks like one. It’s powered like one. Most importantly, it costs like one.
Watch the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Livestream Debut Right Here!
The Geneva International Motor Show was going to be the “launchpad” for many automakers to showcase new models, including Bentley. The British automaker was supposed to premiere an ultra-exclusive roofless car called the Bacalar in Geneva. But, with the event being canceled, automakers decided to hold digital press conferences, and Bentley will be unveiling this beauty the same way instead of holding a standalone event later on.
The Bentley Bacalar has been designed by the company’s coachbuilding division, Mulliner. The Bacalar was one of the most anticipated vehicles from the Geneva Motor Show because it is only the second two-seater to have come out from the company’s stable since 1930. We already know that the Bacalar is inspired by the EXP 100 GT that was revealed last year as part of Bentley’s centenary celebrations. The Crewe company did tease the Bacalar in a three-part trailer series, and the last one gives us the vibes that it may actually be a roofless model. Until now, we’ve only seen bits of interior and the set of hot wheels.
If we go by the EXP 100 GT, the cabin will be nothing short of a marvel. The company describes it as, “The two-seat layout and wraparound cockpit of the Bacalar creates a luggage space behind the exquisitely stitched front seats, occupied by a bespoke pair of travel cases trimmed to match the interior materials, all of which are sustainably sourced.” The hand-built model from the world’s oldest coachbuilder will most likely come plonked with the familiar 6.0-liter, W12 engine that will bear impressive performance figures in this lightweight, topless car.
The live-stream is scheduled to start at 8:30 AM GMT / 3:30 AM EST and you can watch it right here.
2020 Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible
The 2020 Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible is a special-edition version of the Continental GTC. As the name suggests, the drop-top has been customized by Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke division, so it basically takes over as the range-topping model of the Continental GTC.
Although it doesn’t look very different compared to the standard model and it’s available with the same engines, the Mulliner stands out thanks to a handful of exclusive features. This model is basically dedicated to customers who want an even greater focus on customization and a car that stands out from the pack. Let’s find out what makes it special in the review below.
Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.
But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?
2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition
Bentley is bidding adieu to the Mulsanne luxury sedan in the most fitting way possible. The British automaker is launching a special edition Mulsanne called the 6.75 Edition. Only 30 units of the Mulsanne 6.75 Edition and, in keeping with Bentley’s tradition of dressing up its special edition models to the nines, the limited-run Mulsanne comes with enough exclusive touches in the exterior and interior to justify its special edition billing.
Bentley hasn’t announced a release timetable for the Mulsanne 6.75, but with the Mulsanne’s production run ending this year, expect the 6.75 Edition to arrive within the year.
These 1:43 Scale Models of Bentley’s Finest Automobiles Make the Perfect Christmas Gift
If you’re still in a quagmire over what to get your car-loving friends and family for Christmas, Bentley has a few options on the table, all of which are of the 1:43 scale toy variety. The British automaker is launching a new line of 1:43 scale toy models featuring some of the most desirable Bentleys you can find in the market. The new collection includes the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed that Bentley showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and the Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition that’s limited to just 100 units. The 1:43 scale 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed and the 1:43 scale Continental GT Convertible cost £125 each while the 100-piece Mulsanne W.O. Edition costs £150. All three 1:43 scale models are available at Bentley’s online store: shop.bentleymotors.com.
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed
The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur Speed is an upcoming, higher performance version of the third-generation, 2020 Flying Spur sedan. The beefed-up four-door marks the return of the Speed-badged Flying Spur after eight years. Although the first-generation Flying Spur featured a Speed version, Bentley skipped the nameplate for the second-generation, opting for the "S" designation instead.
With the Flying Spur redesigned in 2019, the Speed will probably make a comeback in time for the 2021 model year. The badge will add sportier features on the outside, a few bespoke items on the inside, and a more powerful W-12 engine. Find out what we already know about this sedan in the speculative review below.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept Is About to Lose Its Top
If the recent rumors are true, Bentley is looking to capitalize on the stunningly-designed EXP 100 GT Concept by deriving it into a super-exclusive model of the barchetta-style ilk. The open-top sports tourer is in line to receive the carmaker’s W-12 powerplant that’s shared by the likes of Bentayga, Continental GT, and Flying Spur, but it has to qualify for approval first. Once it ticks that box, its development process will fall into the task of Bentley’s Mulliner division - so expect the open-top sports tourer to ooze luxury through every crevice.
You Finally Have a Chance to Own a 1929 Bentley Blower... Kind of
While we were waiting for new debuts at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley made a surprising announcement at the 2019 Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance in Crewe, England. The British firm launched a continuation series of the iconic Bentley Blower, a car it originally sold back in 1929. Yes, Bentley is doing exactly what Jaguar did with cars like the E-Type Lightweight, D-Type, and XK-SS, but with a much older car. The Blower will thus become the world’s first pre-war race car continuation series.
What is the Least Expensive Bentley?
As the producer of excessively luxurious vehicles, Bentley has a lineup of just four models, the cheapest of which is the Bentley Bentayga with a starting price of $165,000. The cheapest car in Bentley’s lineup is the Flying Spur which sports a sticker price of $189,000. Keep in mind, however, that Bentley sells few models at this price as the options lists are typically huge, and end pricing can skyrocket if you start checking option boxes like crazy.
What is the Sportiest Bentley?
The Bentley Continental is the sportiest model in the lineup thanks to styling that is almost like a blend of DNA that includes BMW and Mercedes along with traditional Bentley Styling Cues. In 2019, during the Pikes Pike Hillclimb, the Continental GT became the fastest production car to climb to the top of the hill with a time of 10:18.488 over the 12.42-mile course. It beat out the current record holder, a Porsche 911 Turbo S by more than eight seconds. The Bentley Continental sits in the middle of the lineup with a starting price of $218,400.
What is the Most Popular Bentley?
It’s hard to say what Bentley’s most popular model really is, but with the introduction of the new Bentayga, it is probably the thrown holder thanks to the mass interest in SUVs. It starts out at $165,000 but can easily be configured to more than $200,000.
What is the Most Expensive Bentley?
The most expensive Bentley is Mulsanne, a replacement for the Arnage and the Azure that hit the market back in 2010. Despite its age, it’s nearly $100,000 more expensive than the Continental GT with a starting price of $304,670.
What is the Fastest Bentley?
While the Bentley Continental GT is the fastest Bentley in production and can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 207 mph. However, the Flying Spur, which is a less-sporty, four-door version of the Continental, has the same power output and can hit the same 207-mph top speed. The only difference in performance is that the Flying Spur’s torque doesn’t kick in until later in the powerband and that, paired with the extra weight, makes it 0.1-seconds slower to 60 mph.
Bentley Lineup Performance Comparison
|Bentley Bentayga W-12||Bentley Continental GT||Bentley Flying Spur||Benley Mulsanne|
|Engine||6.0-liter W-12||6.0-Liter W-12||6.0-liter W-12||6.75-liter V-8|
|Horsepower||600 @ 5,250 rpm||626 @6,000 rpm||626 @ 6,000 rpm||506 @ 4,200 rpm|
|Torque||664 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||664 lb-ft @ 1,350 rpm||664 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||752 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm|
|0-60 mph||4.0 Seconds||3.6 Seconds||3.7 seconds||5.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||187 mph||207 mph||207 mph||184 mph|
Are Bentleys Reliable?
Bentley doesn’t sell huge amounts of cars, so there’s no real reliability ranking out there. However, a survey ran in 2015 suggested that cars produced by Bentley are actually the least reliable, and Porsche doesn’t come off much better. According to the source, Bentleys often have an average repair price of around $678 with the highest cost to repair (in that survey) being $8,406. The automaker was ranked at the bottom of the list while Japanese and American automakers found themselves toward the top. So, despite the high price tag of all models in the lineup, you may want to plan for high repair costs down the road.