Back in 2020, luxury automaker Bentley announced that by 2030, they will only be selling fully-electric vehicles (EVs). As part of the company’s Beyond100 strategy, the Crewe-based brand says that the switch to zero emissions vehicles is its promise to customers to offer sustainable luxury and become an end-to-end carbon neutral organization.
Bentley first plans to switch its model range to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) before going fully electric by 2030. The company has also announced its new Five-in-Five plan wherein they will launch 5 new electric vehicles by 2030, with the first one set to arrive in 2025.
But while the company is looking toward a carbon-neutral future, that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on the good ol’ internal combustion engine (ICE). In fact, the luxury marque has just revealed its most powerful production vehicle to date. It’s called the Bentley Mulliner Batur, and only 18 units will be made.
Underneath its long hood is an upgraded 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. It makes an impressive 740 PS and 1,000 Nm of torque thanks to upgraded turbochargers, a new intake, and new intercoolers. It gives the Mulliner Batur 80 PS more along with an additional 100 Nm of pull than the already mighty Continental GT Speed launched last year.
Power is then sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission complete with a limited-slip differential, four-wheel steering, and torque vectoring. Helping the Mulliner Batur shave off speed in an instant comes courtesy of a Carbon-Silicon-Carbide (CSiC) braking system. This gives the Batur 440mm discs at the front, 410mm discs at the back, and is paired to 10-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers.
As for the exterior, Bentley says the Mulliner Batur’s design is actually a glimpse of its EV future. Featuring a modernized and cleaner design, its look will help Bentley design its luxury EVs in the coming years. It gets a redesigned grille that is more upright, minimalist LED headlights, and additional air vents.
We also noticed that it comes with a sleeker roofline that’s complemented by more prominent shoulder lines. In addition, it gets muscular curves, more pronounced wheel arches, and an edgier rear fascia that highlights the vehicle’s more aggressive stance. Other neat highlights include massive 22-inch alloy wheels, a front splitter, side skirts, and a rear diffuser.
The interior of the Mulliner Batur is typical Bentley and is lavishly adorned with fine leather, exquisite aluminum and metal trim pieces, and high-quality wood veneer finishes. And in true Bentley fashion, customers can fully customize how they want the interior of their Mulliner Batur to look. To top it all off, customers can even specify certain portions of the cabin to be 3D-printed in 18K gold.
Planning to get one for yourself? Tough luck as all 18 units of the Bentley Mulliner Batur are already spoken for. This means that a very lucky few will be the proud owners of Bentley’s most powerful production vehicle on the road today.