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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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Bugatti Shares Customer’s Divo “Lady Bug”

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One of the last Bugatti Divo’s to be delivered has been dubbed “Lady Bug” and features a geometric fading pattern across the bodywork.
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti
The new Bugatti Divo Lady Bug. Credit: Bugatti

When it was first introduced in 2018, the Bugatti Divo was already one of the world’s most in-demand hypercars, with only 40 vehicles available worldwide.

1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in "Graphite". Credit: Bugatti
1600 diamond-shapes across the bodywork outlined in “Graphite”. Credit: Bugatti

Not long after its launch, a USA-based collector known as @officialbugattihellbee placed an order for a special Divo “Lady Bug” that would feature an eye-catching geometric fading design across the “Customer Special Red” bodywork.

Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti
Took almost two years to perfect the diamond design. Credit: Bugatti

At the beginning of the project, no one could have envisioned the project’s complexity and just how difficult it would prove to paint the diamonds onto the vehicle without distorting the design.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Side Stairs View

What now appears as a flawlessly designed Bugatti Divo ended up taking almost two years to create as the CAD modelers, and production team worked to perfect the design of the 1,600 diamond shapes across the contours, curves, and ribs of the Divo “Lady Bug.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shaped Panelling

“The ‘Lady Bug’ was an exceptional challenge and at the same time an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, and after numerous failed ideas and attempts to apply the diamonds, we were close to giving up and saying: ‘We cannot meet the customer’s request’,” explains Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer. We are proud of the expertise we applied in creating this Divo: a high quality and complex product based on pure craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork between design and development.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Shape Bodywork

Once the CAD team had completed the exterior graphic design of the Lady Bug, the application onto the bodywork was relatively smooth, with employees completing the process over a few days.

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Fuel Cap

“The thought of this project becoming a reality was not only exciting but a dream of mine,” shared the owner.” I was absolutely floored upon delivery. Working with the Bugatti design team on the Lady Bug’s production was an exceptional experience, not only in the true dedication to the flawless execution of the one of a kind design but also in the dedication at all levels involved in the final presentation of the vehicle. Not only is the vehicle a true masterpiece and work of art, but it is the true height of my collection to date and the most intricate and well developed vehicle I have owned. This is true because the team at Bugatti are truly masters of their craft and only work at the highest level of detail in each masterpiece they produce.”

Bugatti Divo Ladybug Diamond Roof
Bugatti Divo Roof Fin
Bugatti Divo Vents
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Porsche Reveals New Electric Taycan Cross Turismo

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The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is the electric shooting-brake model designed to be taken off-road.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Green Front Side View Villa
The new 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Credit: Porsche

Porsche has revealed the new electric off-road model of the Taycan range known as the “Taycan Cross Turismo” – further strengthening Porche’s commitment to an electric future.

“We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG at the world premiere. “In 2020, one in three of all vehicles we delivered in Europe had an electric powertrain. The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Front Side View Villa
Porsche predicts 50% of all their vehicles will have an electric drive. Credit: Porsche

Featuring a new high-tech chassis with an all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and a greater load capacity, the Taycan Cross Turismo has been tweaked for an all-around improved off-road experience. Other modifications include a redesigned interior with more headroom for rear-seat passengers, higher ground clearance, and a new bike carrier design that allows the tailgate to be opened even when the bike rack is loaded.

New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche
New high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and greater load capacity. Credit: Porsche

The new Cross Turismo also comes with “Gravel Mode” for better handling on rough roads, and owners can choose to upgrade to the optional “Off-Road package,” which increases the ground clearance by up to 30mm for more extreme terrain.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Front Side View

The new Taycan Cross Turismo will come in 4 variants:

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

  • With 280 kW (380 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW (476 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 5.1 seconds
  • Top speed 220 km/h (136mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 389 – 456 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Bike Rack

The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

  • With 360 kW (490 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.1 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW (571 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 4.1 seconds
  • Top speed 240 km/h (149mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 452 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Bike Electric

The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.7 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW (680 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3.3 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 395 – 452 km
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Rear Green

The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

  • With 460 kW (625 PS; CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 29.4 kwh/100 km)
  • Overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) in 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155mph)
  • Range (WLTP) 388 – 419 km.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Side View Grey

The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is always fitted as standard.

Prices for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo start at US$90,000 and will be available from dealerships this summer.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Grey Side View Sunset

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Porsche Taycan 4S “ArtCar” Will Be Auctioned for Charity

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American artist Richard Phillips and Porsche have collaborated on the new Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” that will be auctioned for charity.
Porsche Taycan 4S "Artcar" designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: Porsche
Porsche Taycan 4S “Artcar” designed by artist Richard Phillips. Credit: RM Sothebys

A new artistic Porsche Taycan 4S created in collaboration with American artist Richard Phillips will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Swiss non-profit Suisseculter Sociale, helping to support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby's to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys
Will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s to raise funds for Suisseculter Sociale. Credit: RM Sothebys

Based on Phillips’s 2010 large-scale painting “Queen of the Night” inspired by Swiss landscape artist Adolf Dietrich’s work, the art wrap features large three-dimensional elements of the floral blooms, blue skies, and butterflies across the body of the Taycan 4S.

Based on Richard Phillips "Queen of the Night" artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys
Based on Richard Phillips “Queen of the Night” artwork. Credit: RM Sothebys

 “The Queen of the Night livery culminates at the rear of the car with its namesake blossom wrapping completely around the bumper while being dramatically lit up by the Taycan’s signature horizontal light bar,” explains Phillips. “Conceptually, my Queen of the Night livery takes into consideration that the design of the Taycan is an instant icon of electric mobility and speed.

Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys
Bold florals form the artwork wrap around the electric Taycan 4S. Credit: RM Sothebys

“Its lines and form are that of the artists and designers at Porsche who strove to communicate this feeling at first sight. I greatly respect this objective. The choice to work with my Dietrich-inspired painting was to reference the natural environment with its beauty and composition reimagined in concert with the sweeping gestures of the Taycan. Dietrich’s intimate relationship to the landscape was more than mere representation of the environment around him. It was to communicate the soul of Switzerland and Lake Constance. His art is universally recognized for this, and is something that I have been deeply moved by.”

Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys
Painted at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant. Credit: RM Sothebys

Created at a live event at Porsche partner pop-up restaurant “Leuehof” in Zurich, the electric Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar was initially displayed in the culinary art space of the restaurant until COVID-19 regulations forced the closure of the restaurant in December 2020.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar

With the restaurant remaining closed due to the pandemic, the Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar will now make a series of appearances at various Porsche Centers in Switzerland before the online auction at www.rmsothebys.com that will run from April 6 – 13, 2021.

To ensure the full amount of the auction proceeds will go to charity, artist Richard Phillips, auction house RM Sotheby’s, and Porsche Schweiz AG have all agreed to forgo fees and commissions so that Suisseculture Sociale can distribute funds to hardship cases who would not be otherwise eligible for assistance.

Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar bonnet
Porsche Taycan 4S Artcar roof

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