Mulliner is set to introduce its second unique creation in 2023.
When we recently drove the W12-powered Bentley Continental GT Speed, we weren't left thinking that it lacked much, but we were worried that it would be our last taste of the unusual engine. While the unconventional 6.0-liter will not be dying out just yet, it is becoming a lot more exclusive. So where can we expect to find the enormous engine in the future? According to a report from Autocar, the W12 will feature in the second-ever bespoke Mulliner model. Following on from the convertible Bacalar, the new Mulliner machine will be one of, if not, the last W12-powered Bentley. Despite its love for the massive motor, this new model will preview the styling of Bentley's future EVs too.
According to sources, the new car will be based on the Continental GT Coupe just as the Bacalar was based on the Conti Convertible. It will follow the Bacalar philosophy in terms of styling too, being designed to look unique amongst so-called 'regular' Bentleys. Some elements of the 2018 EXP 100 GT concept are expected to feature, but bespoke styling cues will both differentiate the new model and set the tone for a new era of Bentley design. So if you thought the Bacalar was a departure from the norm, expect the unnamed coupe to push the envelope even further. Anticipate narrow headlight clusters, sharper air intakes, and a new interpretation of Bentley's famous front grille, along with slim taillights, wide arches, and an altogether larger visual footprint.
A total of 25 cars are set to be built, making the newcomer less exclusive than the 12-example Bacalar. Despite this, it won't be cheap and could cost even more than the $1.9-million roadster. But with that 650-horsepower W12 expected to carry over, not to mention the likelihood of a bespoke cabin completely unlike that of any current Continental, it won't wont for buyers. The idea of a Bacalar coupe is sure to be popular, but if you miss out on ordering one when it launches in 2023 as Mulliner celebrates 80 years with Bentley, you can expect its styling to be referenced in Bentley's first EV, an Artemis-underpinned sedan that will launch two years later. Once that happens, the W12 is gone for good.