Bentley previews interior of limited-run Mulliner Bacalar

Bentley has previewed the interior of the ultra-exclusive Mulliner Bacalar being revealed at the Geneva motor show next week. 

The coachbuilt special edition will be only the second two-seater to come out of Crewe since 1930, with a compact rear luggage space housing a pair of bespoke travel cases, also from Mulliner. The wraparound cockpit is unlike anything in Bentley’s production line-up, but bears a strong resemblance to that of the EXP GT 100 concept from which the Bacalar draws much of its styling inspiration. 

Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it’s likely that the Bacalar is the £1.5 million open-top grand tourer first detailed by Bentley late last year. To be sold under the Mulliner brand, the convertible will be aimed at wealthy buyers who seek out rarer models for private collections and investment opportunities. 

Bentley says the hand-built model represents “the future of coachbuilding”, making use of a range of sustainable and ethically sourced materials throughout its construction and featuring a “beautiful yet dramatic design”. 

References to the EXP GT 100 concept as a styling influence suggest the Bacalar will take the form of a large sports coupé with an interior that emphasises space, sleekness and natural light. It’s unclear whether the concept’s trademark scissors doors will make their way into production, but bespoke elements such as the 5500-year-old, naturally felled riverwood could make an appearance. 

Production numbers will be extremely limited, says Bentley, so we’re expecting extensive personalisation options for buyers, materials and trims unavailable elsewhere in the manufacturer’s line-up and a list price well into six figures. 

Last year, Autocar reported that Mulliner was seeking to distance itself from Bentley with the launch of an “ultra-exclusive” new model, of which 10 examples would be sold. It was set to be unveiled at the end of last year but has yet to appear in any form.

The Bacalar will be shown at Geneva alongside the new Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Convertible, which has been modified by the firm’s coachbuilding arm to include bespoke materials and design elements.