A Gulfstream G650 private jet and a Sikorsky S-76 chopper have been created in the theme of Bentley's super-exclusive coachbuilt creation.
There are rich people, and then there are rich people. If you bought a $1.9 million Bentley Bacalar, you fall into the latter camp, and you've probably got a lot more money lying around. If you were so inclined, you could spend the extra scratch on a special Bentley-branded Macallan whisky, another Continental GT, or perhaps a Bentley-branded luxury apartment, although you probably already have a number of extremely lavish residences around the world.
So why not spend some money on something to help you get to those holiday homes in comfort and style? Bentley has just revealed that an aviation entrepreneur has worked with the Crewe-based outfit to commission two fantastic aircraft inspired by the Bacalar, a Gulfstream G650 jet and a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
Flexjet owner Kenn Ricci has been buying Bentleys for more than a decade, many of which have been co-created by the man, and his love for the brand led him to consider how to merge Bentley quality with his own industry. Thus began "The Bacalar Project," with the colors and finishes applied to the two aircraft based on those of his Bacalar.
The color he chose - Julep - inspired the color of the jet and chopper. While these are normally finished in a red-gold chameleon hue, they have now been highlighted with a silver-green chameleon finish in key areas.
Inside, the Bacalar's influence continues with the copperhead shape and basket weave stitching of the car's seats replicated for the perches in both the jet and the helicopter. In addition, the 5,000-year-old reclaimed riverwood that forms the veneer in the Bacalar has been used to further enrich the luxurious look and feel of the cabins. Even Satin Bacalar Bronze fittings and the unique diamond-carved carpet have been recreated in the plane and chopper.
We shudder to think what this must have cost, but it's not the first time we've seen aircraft paired with fantastic automobiles. In 2020, Porsche revealed a 911 Turbo S with a matching Embraer Phenom 300E business jet.