The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar GT is Bespoke to the Extreme
Each seat on the Bacalar GT has 148,199 individual stitches that make up the embroidery.by Justin Ortiz, on
Out of the three low-volume "exotic" Volkswagen Group Brands, Bentley was the only one without a limited run bespoke model. Bugatti launched multiple variants of their Chiron platform with the Divo and Centodieci, and Lamborghini has enjoyed a slew of bespoke models from the recent Sian to older projects such as the Centenario, Veneno, and Countach revival. Bentley has bolstered its historic Mulliner division, once known for its coach-building, to once again produce limited-run bespoke models. The first model of this revival is the now complete Mulliner Bacalar GT, and the details are out of this world.
What is the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar GT?
Revealed to the world just two years ago, the Mulliner Bacalar GT is pitched as one of the rarest Bentleys of the modern era as well as the brand’s return to bespoke building. The Bacalar GT is based on the chassis and powertrain of the Continental GT Convertible, though, as Mulliner began their coach-building process on the platform, the Bacalar shares only the door handles with the Continental on the exterior.
When designing the Bacalar GT, Mulliner drew its inspiration from the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept. Though instead of a coupe shape, Mulliner chose a roofless Barchetta design. To get the exact shapes it wanted, the brand chose to construct the entire body from carbon fiber and even crafted custom-designed exterior lighting elements, a costly task that both adds to the price and the bespoke nature of the Bacalar GT.
What engine does the Bacalar GT have?
One aspect that is largely unchanged from the Continental GT lineup is the powertrain. Under the hood, sits the now Bentley exclusive hand-built TwinTurbo 6.0 liter W-12. In this application, the engine produces a healthy 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
How Exclusive is the Bacalar GT?
The Mulliner Bacalar GT is one of the rarest cars on the roads now as just 12 units have been made. Mulliner has ensured that each unit has been custom crafted to its new owner apart from the 22-inch tri-finish wheels. The brand describes the building process as an exercise in imagination, as every material, color, and finish of all interior and exterior surfaces are bespoke.
And while Bentley is keeping its customer’s examples relatively private, one customer is showing off their Bacalar GT which allows you to get a better idea of the level of bespoke customization. This example is painted in Sunset Orange though the real treat is the white and black cabin with Mandarin Orange accents. From satin carbon fiber trim to the various blend of leathers, micro-suedes, and metal details, the Bacalar GT cabin is a truly special space.