The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will be Bentley's first two-seater since 1930.
Bentley is planning something very special for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Earlier this month, the luxury automaker announced it will showcase "the future of coachbuilding" in the form of the Bacalar, a new bespoke, ultra-limited luxury model designed by Bentley's Mulliner coachbuilding division.
At the time, Bentley teased us with a closeup of the diamond cut wheel design but details about the mystery grand tourer were scarce. Now, less than a week before its world debut, Bentley has revealed new details and given us our first glimpse inside the Bacalar's beautiful interior to whet our appetite.
The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar will adopt a two-seat layout, making it only the second two-seat Bentley made since 1930. Combined with a wraparound cockpit, the two-seat layout creates a luggage space behind the exquisitely stitched front seats, which comes with a bespoke pair of travel cases with trim that matches the interior materials. Speaking of which, the Bacalar's hand-crafted material will feature "sustainably sourced" materials.
Bentley promises the Bacalar will represent grand touring "at its most exhilarating," but further details are being kept under wraps for now. However, Bentley has already confirmed the Bacalar's exterior is inspired by the striking EXP 100 GT Concept.
If you recall, the EXP 100 GT Concept celebrated Bentley's centenary and showed the automaker's vision of what a grand tourer will look like in 2035. While its dramatic styling looks futuristic, there are also callbacks to Bentley's heritage such as round headlights inspired by the Bentley Blower race car. We just hope the concept's scissor doors carry over to the Bacalar.
While we originally thought the Bacalar will be based on an existing model like the Continental GT, the two-seat layout suggests it will be entirely bespoke. Expect production of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar to be extremely limited. In addition to the Bacalar, Bentley will also showcase the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible unveiled last week as well as the EXP 100 GT.