When you think about the ultimate luxury, one of the first names that come to mind is a Bentley. But even Bentley has classes of different vehicles, and at the top of the line comes the Bentley Mulliner Batur. In a world where cars have gotten so good, manufacturers have to think of more creative ideas to lure your gaze. Some have starry headliners and custom interior detailing done by world-class designers – pretty much anything you can think of.
But Bentley goes beyond that. As if Bentley wasn’t already opulent enough, and the Mulliner Batur wasn’t a 730-horsepower W12 beast. Bentley includes a solid, 3D-printed 7.4 ounce (279.72 g) of gold inside the car to ensure that you never mistake it for anything other than a Bentley.
Bentley Mulliner Batur Has 18K Of Solid 3D-Printed Gold Inside
The Bentley Mulliner Batur is that last stop, the crossroads between a fully electric future and combustion engines, as many manufacturers are gazing upon a future with no combustion engines, a time when all production vehicles will be electric-powered.
Bentley wanted to go out with a bang. The automaker defines the Bentley Mulliner Batur as a car of celebration, a celebration of the years of the combustion engine, and a goodbye gesture to the many years of fossil-powered engines. What screams celebration more than a 7.4-ounce (210 grams) solid, 18K 3D-printed chunk of gold mounted in the interior of the ignition switch? Nothing more than the W12 engine, 729 horsepower Mulliner Batur – the most powerful Bentley ever.
Consider this Bentley’s gentlemanly handshake with the future. A modern future that is all electric. What’s comparable to that? 3D-printing technology. Bentley published a press release describing the use of revolutionary 3D-printing technology to form the marriage between new and old. The Mulliner, being the oldest since Bentley, proclaims proudly that the Mulliner is the world’s oldest coach builder. This bespoke coach-built Mulliner is a fine example of the craftsmanship of Bentley.
First-Ever Use Of 3D-Printed Gold In Cars
Bentley states this is the first-ever application of gold in the industry, using 3D-printing technology. The gold that Bentley used also has much historical significance. They’ve sourced the gold from the historic “Jewelry Quarter in Birmingham—a centuries-old center of craftsmanship” as told by Bentley. It openly considers this car an advancement toward a sustainable and eco-friendly future. They’ve given us the Mulliner Batur as a final farewell token.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, the Member of the Board for Research and Development at Bentley Motors, along with other things, spoke about the usage of gold in a press release, saying,
“As Bentley embraces an exciting future, we see huge potential in advanced, innovative technologies. Processes such as 3D printed gold will be a springboard that allows our customers an even greater ability to personalize, further enhancing the individualization program offered on every car.”
Bentley Mulliner Batur Is The Most Powerful Bentley Ever
The gold is the least crazy thing about the Bentley Mulliner Batur. The Mulliner Batur is the fastest and most powerful car Bentley has ever made. Upgraded with new intakes and beefed-up turbochargers, the Bentley Mulliner Batur has Bentley’s trademark 6.0L W12, 729-horsepower engine. It offers 22-inch wheels as standard, equipped with ceramic brakes.
The design of the Bentley Mulliner Batur is inspired by what’s to come in the near future: Bentley’s green future. They designed the Mulliner Batur to be reminiscent while keeping modernity in mind. The long hood and the aggressive and muscular look scream Bentley. The Bentley Mulliner Batur is laid out on the existing Bentley Continental GT.
Bentley’s design director explained the design of the Batur in a press conference, saying:
The design of a modern Bentley should always be potent, inspirational and harmonious. The form has to be strong and muscular whilst remaining graceful – there must be both elegant flow and muscularity. The term we use is the “resting beast stance” – picture a lion or tiger, laying low in attack position in long grass. That powerful shape – of ultimate power at rest, that looks fast even when stationary – is one that drives our new interpretation of the classic Bentley power line and haunch.
Bentley will only sell 18 of these cars. And that isn’t the only place where the number 18 comes into play—keeping the 18K 3D-printed solid piece of gold featured in Mulliner Batur’s interior. All 18 of the Mulliner Batur are already reserved by customers, meaning that even if someone wanted, they wouldn’t be able to get their hands on this super-exclusive car.
The Bentley Mulliner will cost a hefty change of 2.8 million dollars, with expected delivery being early-to-mid 2023. Every Bentley Mulliner Batur will be bespoke, meaning the customer will be able to modify the details of the car with endless options, something that’s signature to Bentley.
The Bentley Mulliner Batur is a rebound car for the brand, which is an icon in luxury automotive history. There couldn’t have been a better way to enter what Bentley calls their “twilight years.”.
A beautiful end to make way for a better future.