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New Bentley Mulliner Bacalar: A Car From the Future and Back to the Past.

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With design DNA from the EXP 100 GT concept car and a fresh return to age old coachbuilding, this is the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley Motors Design Director Stefan Sielaff introduces the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley Motors Design Director Stefan Sielaff introduces the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar via YouTube live stream.
  • 12 examples only of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
  • All allocations already sold
  • All examples will be individually designed, and handcrafted to customers tastes
  • Bacalar to be made in world’s first certified carbon neutral factory for luxury car production

Bentley Motors Design Director Stefan Sielaff proudly introduced the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar via public live stream. Revealed as only the 2nd two seater Bentley since 1930.

The Name

So firstly let’s unpack the name Bentley Mulliner Bacalar because at first glance it sounds quite unusual. The Mulliner Bacalar is named after Laguna Bacalar in Mexico, renowned for its array of many shades of blue water and commonly said to be the Maldives of Mexico. The name choice also continues Bentley’s strategy of naming cars after remarkable landmarks which started with Bentayga in 2015.

Bacalar Mexico
The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is named after Bacalar in Mexico.

At a second glance those familiar to the Bentley brand would not blink an eye seeing the word Mulliner in the title, except recently there has been a change at the Crewe quarters and Mulliner has been divided into 3 new divisions or arms. For more information on the story of Mulliner and an explanation of the new divisions click here. The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is the first car to be produced by the Bentley Mulliner Coachbuilding division, paving the way forward in Bentley’s future bespoking strategy.

Bacalar’s Design

Speaking of the future, let’s look at Bacalar’s design DNA. Last year Bentley celebrated its 100th year and to mark the occasion Bentley unveiled its concept for the future, it was the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. The EXP 100 GT was a hit and received ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the prestigious French Festival Automobile International and ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by GQ magazine.

Sustainable, ethically-sourced materials previewed in the EXP 100 GT concept car last year have now become reality in the Bacalar – just eight months after first being previewed. These include paint containing ash from rice husks, which provides a sustainable way of delivering a rich metallic finish.

Among many other cues from Bentley’s concept car, the unique front and rear horizontal lights add the distinctive, dynamic character that was first seen on the EXP 100 GT.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar headlights at night
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar headlights styled from the 100 EXP concept car. Credit: Bentley

The Bacalar shares no body panel with any other car in the Bentley model line-up and only shares one exterior component with a Continental GT – the door handle, simply because it contains the keyless entry system.

Design influences from the past also exist. Bentley has a rich history of open-cockpit cars – the design of the Birkin Blower Bentley of the late 1920s was also an inspiration. The dramatic, tapered cowls at the rear hark back to the Barchetta sports cars of old. The new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is a genuine ‘roofless’ Barchetta – a luxury, two-seat, open-air performance car and Bentley’s ultimate expression of an open-top, luxury grand tourer.

The two seater Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is only the 2nd two seater Bentley since 1930. Credit: Bentley

The rear clamshell and top deck of the Bacalar are crafted from lightweight aluminium, while the doors and wings are carbon fibre. The exterior look of each model will be completed in collaboration with each individual customer, who are able to further personalize their car, choosing from rare paint options, exterior treatments and design themes. The Bacalar represents a return to the early years of Bentley, allowing owners to help shape the car of their dreams.

Inside the Bacalar

From the use of precious inlays and unique finishes, to the 148,199 individual stitches needed to embroider the Bacalar quilt on each seat, Bacalar’s interior is all about the uniqueness of the materials available and their origins. Bentley’s self-imposed mandate is to use ethically sourced and sustainable materials for its motor vehicles and there are plenty of options.

Inside the Bacalar, a focal point of the cabin is the wraparound dashboard cut from rare Riverwood, a sustainable wood from naturally fallen trees that has been preserved for 5,000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers found in the Fenlands of East Anglia, England. Lying untouched in wet earth has left the wood with a black aesthetic which Bentley found desirable for design purposes.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar two seater open top grand tourer
The Bacalar’s fully customizable interior is all about the materials and their origins. Credit: Bentley

Bentley Mulliner has also collaborated with a traditional British textile mill to produce bespoke natural wool cloth especially for the Bacalar with customers also having the option to co-create their own bespoke fabric blend. The textile is used in the seat inserts, seat backs and the side of the head restraints. It also flows from the side of the centre console and lower instrument panel into the doors.

Natural yarns are used to create the overmats and are precision woven on traditional Wilton looms in England. These pure wool deep pile carpets are hand-carved for the foot well and rear luggage compartment, following the embroidered pattern found on the seats.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar seats and luggage
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar seats and luggage space behind. Credit: Bentley

Bentley have partnered with another local supplier, based in the nearby Peak District, to offer Bacalar customers the rare opportunity to create individual artisan piping to enhance the dynamic styling lines of the seats. The piping can be designed and customized to feature unique patterns, colour combinations and personal embossed effects, such as a customer’s signature or special, individual customer motifs.

Looking towards the dashboard the Bacalar features the now famous Bentley Rotating Display and a unique clock face with individual one-of-12 badging. Customers will also see a new D-shaped steering wheel features Alcantara inserts

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar dashboard and interior
Bacalar’s wraparound dashboard is cut from sustainable rare riverwood. Credit: Bentley
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar steering wheel instrument panel
Bacalar features the rotating display with LCD touchscreen behind the gauges. Credit: Bentley

We could talk a lot more about the specifics of the first demonstration car’s interior, however every one of the 12 cars will be individually specified by each Bacalar customer.

The Heart of Bacalar

Powering Bacalar is Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine producing 659 PS (650 bhp) which is paired to its technically-advanced drivetrain. The dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission is sure to offer fast efficient gear changes while the adaptive chassis uses Bentley’s intelligent, 48-volt Dynamic Ride System to ensure a responsive ride and exceptional handling and refinement in all conditions. This air suspension system controls ride comfort and lateral roll, cushioning passengers from excessive movement and with the ultimate aim to make the Bacalar feel effortlessly precise.

With the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar reigniting coachbuilding under the Mulliner name, which started coachbuilding in the 1760’s, it’s safe to say Bentley now stand as the oldest coachbuilders in the world, with the newest and most sustainable technology that’s ever been available at their fingertips.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar side profile view
Ash from rice husks provide the paint’s metallic finish on the Bacalar. Credit: Bentley

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The New $3.4 million Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”: Legends of Heaven

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Aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” pays tribute to its racing driver from the “golden decade” and their love for flight.
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Legends du Ciel". Credit: Bugatti
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Legends du Ciel”. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti’s latest limited-edition Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (translated as The Legends of Heaven) pays tribute to its historic racing drivers of the “golden decade,” many who were accomplished daredevil pilots with a need for speed.

Featuring an aviation-inspired paint color scheme in a matte-grey “Gris Serpent,” with a contrasting high gloss white stripe down the center, the new Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” takes inspiration from the 1920’s aircraft piloted by Bugatti drivers and is based on the Chiron Sport.

Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti
Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”

Other small aeronautical details found on the exterior of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” include the small “Les Légendes du Ciel “logo on the front wings, the “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills and door entry lights that project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened.

Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has also chosen to use a fine light brown Gaucho” leather for the entire vehicle interior as a nod to the aircraft’s leather interiors of bygone eras. Further aviation references throughout the interior include the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” found on the headrests and door panels with a hand-sketched racing scene as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”.

Light brown Gaucho" leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti
Light brown Gaucho” leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti

For owners that want a little something extra, comfort seats are offered as an additional upgrade, along with the optional glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.

Owners can upgrade to the "Sky-view" glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti
Owners can upgrade to the “Sky-view” glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti

Powered by the same iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine as the Chiron Sport, the new edition delivers 1,500 PS with 1,600-newton meters of torque and is electronically limited to a top speed of 260mph (420 km/h).

Production of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is expected to begin at the end of this year and will be limited to 20 vehicles in total at €2.88 million (USD$3.4 million) each.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Side Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Side Rear
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Grille View
"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills
"Les Légendes du Ciel"
Carbon fiber engine bay
Gaucho Leather interior
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Leather Seats
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Steering Wheel
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Door Details
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Console Insert

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McLaren Artura Teased As The Name of New Upcoming Hybrid Supercar

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McLaren has confirmed “Artura” will be the name of its new V6-based high-performance hybrid supercar.
McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser
McLaren Artura will be UK automaker’s first series-production hybrid supercar. Credit: McLaren

McLaren Automotive has revealed the name for their first series-production hybrid supercar, which will be launched officially next year and named the “Artura.”

Known as a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH), the McLaren Artura is new in every respect and marks the beginning of a new era for the UK based automaker. Building on the experience gained through the development of both the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar in 2012 and later the Speedtail Hyper-GT, the Artura is expected to have incredibly quick times if the Speedtail Hyper-GT’s top speed of 250mph (403km/h) is anything to go by.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “From the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser Front On
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with electric motor. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Artura is said to sit between the GT and 720S in their lineup and will be built on a new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. It features a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and when combined with the lightweight High-Performance Hybrid powertrain and electric motor, retains the power and performance of McLaren’s much larger V8 engines.

For daily driving, the McLaren Artura will also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

The McLaren Artura supercar will be on sale in the first half of 2021, with McLaren to reveal further details and pricing in the coming months.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is Designed to Be Chauffeur Driven

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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is more luxurious than the standard S-Class sedan and, with the Chauffeur package included, makes it an attractive option for the owner that needs to be driven daily.
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The new luxurious 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new top-of-the-line 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sees the wheelbase extended by seven inches (18cm) compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz S Class, and luxurious features like the Executive Seating and Chauffeur Package come as standard.

Designed to combine the Mercedes-Benz flagship model’s high-tech solutions with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was first launched in 2015 and has already sold approx. 60,000 vehicles to date.

Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 496hp and 516lb-ft of torque and paired with AIRMATIC air suspension, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class provides an ultra-smooth ride and remains popular to this day as a “car to be driven in” thanks to the comfort afforded by the extended rear area and the luxurious upgrades.

Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

“With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles,” says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management. “As they did then, today’s customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment.”

Easily recognizable by the front chrome radiator grille marked “MAYBACH” and the distinctive bonnet with its chrome fin and wider rear doors, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has an elegant appearance, which can be further customized with the option of a two-tone paint finish. Other optional extras include electrically operated comfort rear doors.

The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is essentially based on the new interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and shares the same sculptured appearance of the dashboard, center console, and armrests. Owners have the option of adding Ambience Lighting that features throughout the interior cabin.

Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

In the latest model, the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is even more personal and intuitive to use. On request, the MBUX Interior Assist can also be equipped in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz
MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz

Designed to recognize the intentions of the occupants of the vehicle, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes eye-direction, hand gestures, and the body language of the occupants to assist with automatic vehicle functions as the situation requires. The Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class can also recognize movements and gestures by the rear occupants with the help of 3D laser cameras in the roof liner. For example, the belt extender for the outer rear seats automatically offers up the seat belt when MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the occupant’s intention to reach for the belt by hand movements.

Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are expected to begin mid-2021, although no pricing has been announced.

Mercedes Maybach Rear Seats
Mercedes Maybach Seats
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