Despite its W12 engine, the Bacalar is said to point the way towards sustainability, with paint containing ash from rice husks, wool interior fabrics and the 5,000 year-old wood veneer dashboard, which is described as “ethically-sourced” from East Anglian peat bogs, lakes and rivers.
There’s no hair shirt in evidence, however. The interior includes Beluga leather, Bentley’s rotating dashboard screen and optional Schedoni luggage, which nestles in pods behind the seats.
Bentley says that the car combines comfort with “exceptional handling”, thanks to a fast and smooth eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and adaptive suspension.
The company is calling its new Mulliner range a return to coachbuilding, reviving the name that created bespoke Bentleys from the 1920s.
The Mulliner Coachbuilt arm will create more unique cars like the Bacalar, while its Mulliner Collections division will offer bespoke additions to the standard Bentley range.
The Mulliner Classic branch is currently working on a new run of 1920-specification Blowers, which were announced last year.