Even though only 18 will be made, the Bentley Batur is being painstakingly developed.
One of the greatest hallmarks of Bentley’s unparalleled luxury within the automotive industry is the incredible engineering that goes into its creations. The Bentley Mulliner Batur, like the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar before it, is an example of a revival of the traditional and exquisite art of coachbuilding that was more prominent in early automotive history, incredibly rare vehicles that are tailor-made to a highly select number of VIP clients. The new Bentley Mulliner Batur will only have 18 examples in existence, but Bentley has announced that an incredibly thorough development and testing program is in full swing, and the Bentley Mulliner Batur Car #0 responsible for testing is quite the sight on its own.
Bentley is already on the other side of nearly two years of powertrain development, and because of that, the Batur will be Bentley’s most powerful model yet, promising at least 730 horsepower from its W12 engine. However, still ahead is 120 tests that will be conducted over a period of just over a year. With 800 unique parts, plus the various choices that customers will have for materials and finishes for their individual vehicles, Bentley is making it a point to ensure that the most luxurious aspect of the new Batur is its incredible quality. The Batur Car #0, Bentley’s testing vehicle, is finished in a bold purple called Purple Sector and is undergoing testing throughout Europe and at proving grounds. Currently, it is in the phase of European real-world road testing, on an over-1,500-mile route through Germany, Italy, France, and Spain. After that is finished, it will be tested at proving grounds for handling and durability at speed and in harsh conditions. It then goes on for even more real-world driving tests, and then environmental tests where it will be subjected to the harshest conditions it could possibly endure to make sure it will come out remaining strong. While new technology comes into the picture, the traditional art of coachbuilding honors the same principles of quality and luxury.