Its next coachbuilt project will be unveiled shortly...
Bentley's Bacalar is a stunning machine and a fitting spearhead to promote the British brand's return to the noble art of coachbuilding. Bentley's oldest rival, Rolls-Royce, also recently restarted its coachbuilding department, but the Crewe-based manufacturer has the distinction of being the oldest in the business. Bentley Mulliner dates back to 1923, which means its centenary anniversary is due next year. According to Bentley, the Mulliner team will soon turn its focus on its next project, which will be revealed soon.
For now, the focus remains on the Bacalar. The handcrafted Bacalar is nearing the end of its production run of 12 units. So far, eight lucky customers have received their bespoke creations, and the last four are in the final stages of preparation.
The Bacalar was first unveiled to the world in early March 2020, so why did it take Bentley so long to produce 12 cars? Well, each car takes roughly six months to complete. And let's not forget about the pandemic that forced everyone to work from home for a few months. You can't really hand-build a car via Skype.
To create each Bacalar, Bentley sat down with each of the 12 customers to create a truly one-off car. No two vehicles are the same, though a few do share the 5,000-year-old Riverwood trim, sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia.
Due to the nature of these personal commissions, Bentley is not able to reveal the identity of the customers nor where the cars will be heading, but it is giving us a taste of one customer.
The one customer example was on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and now Bentley has provided a full breakdown of the customization.
The Bacalar you see here is finished in a bespoke Sunset Orange with tri-color 22-inch wheels in dark grey satin with polished faces and gloss black highlights. The idea was to create the perfect contrast between the wheels and the vibrant exterior color. The hood vents, side mirrors, and power humps behind the seats are finished in satin carbon fiber, also to provide a bit of contrast.
The interior is white and black, with Mandarin Orange accents. A satin carbon fiber technical finish stretches from one side of the cabin to the other. Other highlights include Alcantara, satin metals in a black, dark tint and bright chrome finishes, and carbon fiber inserts in both gloss and satin.
The starting price for the Bacalar was roughly $2 million, but given the level of customization, it's anyone's guess how much this particular model costs. We'll never know.