It’s a new grand tourer.
The 2020 Geneva Motor Show is less than a month away, which means automakers are preparing for one of the most prominent auto shows of the year. Bentley will arrive with the Mulliner Bacalar, a mysterious new vehicle that “represents Grand Touring at its most exhilarating.” Bentley dropped a teaser photo of the car’s name and wheel design along with a short video that appears to show a small portion of the car we’ll see next month.
Bentley says the new car from the coachbuilder takes inspiration from the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept that debuted last August. The lone teaser image shows a wheel of similar design to that seen on the concept. The short teaser video does reveal some curvy sheet metal that looks almost identical to the concept’s rear-end styling with the sloping roof blending into the rear deck and fascia. The Mulliner Bacalar will be hand-built by the iconic coachbuilder using “sustainable and ethically-sourced materials,” according to the automaker.
Bentley is making moves:
- This Bentley Continental GT was built for ice racing
- Bentley Flying Spur features breathtaking new interior
- Check out the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept’s craziest details
- Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition marks the big saloon's retirement
One thing Bentley didn’t tease was the car’s powertrain. Bentley designed the EXP 100 GT concept as a preview for an ultra-luxurious grand tourer for the year 2035 – not a new Mulliner for 2020 – which means the concept used a battery-electric powertrain. Bentley claimed it could produce 1,106 pound-feet (1,500-Newton-metres) of torque and could rocket the luxurious coupe to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 186 miles per hour (300 kilometres per hour).
It’ll be interesting to see how close the Mulliner sticks to the EXP 100 GT’s styling, though Bentley did say it only served as inspiration for the Bacalar’s design. We’ll get our best look at the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar 3rd of March, along with a lot more information, though Bentley says the Bacalar "will only be enjoyed by a very few." Sorry.