The new Bentley Bacalar will be inspired by last year's striking EXP 100 GT Concept.
With the 2020 Geneva Motor Show now less than a month away, Bentley has teased a mysterious new model that will debut at the show. In the past, Bentley has revealed some exciting models at Geneva such as the EXP 12 Speed 6e electric concept.
At the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley will present "the future of coachbuilding" with a new ultra-luxury model. Last year, Bentley announced its in-house bespoke and coachbuilding division Mulliner is building its own bespoke, ultra-luxury model, and we'll finally get to see it at Geneva next month.
It's called the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar, which Bentley teases "represents Grand Touring at its most exhilarating." It also features sustainable and ethically-sourced materials and a "beautiful yet dramatic design" inspired by the striking EXP 100 GT Concept.
As well as celebrating Bentley's centenary, the EXP 100 GT Concept was designed to show Bentley's vision of what a grand tourer could look like in 2035 and featured a swooping roofline and round headlights as a throwback to the famous Bentley Blower race car. It also had scissor doors, which we hope will carry over to the Bacalar. Bentley has released a short teaser video previewing the Bacalar's exterior design, but it's not very revealing. An accompanying photo shows the diamond cut wheel design.
Powertrain details are unknown at this point, but the EXP 100 GT the Bacalar is inspired by has an electric powertrain consisting of four electric motors that enable it to sprint from 0-62 mph time in less than 2.5 seconds and top out at 186 mph, while the battery delivers a range of 435 miles.
Chances are the Bacalar will be a limited-edition model based on the Continental GT, in which case power will be provided by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 gasoline engine. In the Continental GT, this unit produces 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, but the Bacalar will hopefully get a power increase. Bentley says the Bacalar "will only be enjoyed by a very few," so production will be extremely limited. All will be revealed on March 3 when the Bentley Bacalar breaks cover at Geneva.