Just 12 examples of the new Bacalar, the most exclusive Bentley of the modern era, will be made. It heralds a return to true coachbuilding by the company, with the cars being built by its Mulliner division – the oldest coachbuilder still in existence.
The open-top barchatta-style Bacalar is named after the beautiful Laguna Bacalar in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which follows on from the Bentley Bentayga, also named after a natural landmark. It will be produced in the world’s first certified carbon neutral factory for luxury car production and – like last year’s EXP 100 GT concept – uses sustainable craftsmanship and ethically-sourced material including husk ash paint and 5000-year-old Riverwood.
The Bacalar is powered by Bentley’s 6-litre W12 engine, which produces 650bhp and 667lb ft of torque, driving all four wheels. Each of the 12 cars to be built will be individually tailored to its customer’s specifications – and each one has already been allocated to a customer.