Meet the $2 Million Roofless Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

By Paul Joseph

British luxury automaker Bentley has revealed its newest ultra-exclusive offering, the limited edition Mulliner Bacalar, created by the company’s own special division, Mulliner.

Limited to just 12 examples, the Bacalar is said to be Bentley’s rarest two-door car in the modern era, and is named after the stunning Laguna Bacalar in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, also known as ”Lagoon of Seven Colors.”

Although the Bacalar largely shares the same underpinnings as the Continental GT convertible, Bentley’s special arm has completely transformed the aesthetics of the car to produce a truly unique design.

The two-seat configuration is heavily inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept revealed last year as part of Bentley’s centenary celebrations, with the limited edition featuring an open-top bodystyle with no roof or weather protection beyond glazing.

Instead of the twin headlight setup generally found on all modern Bentleys, the Bacalar is equipped with a single headlight units featuring a sleek lighting element that stretches to the wheel arches on both sides.

“This is the first modern coachbuilt Bentley Mulliner,” said JP Gregory, Head of exterior design at Mulliner. “A coachbuilt product is something that Bentley is quite famous for. The character of the Bacalar is inspired by the future of luxury mobility.

“We’re already starting to deliver on the vision we showed on the EXP 100 GT. The barchetta design throws the visual weight backwards. There’s a seamless flow between the interior and exterior.”

Inside the cabin, the trim includes natural British wool, hand-stitched materials, and trim panelling formed from 5000-year-old petrified wood from the boggy East Anglia region of England. The dials and clock also have a dark blue finish as a nod to the lake in Mexico after which the car is named. Owners also have the option to request a bespoke luggage set to fit behind the seats.

Powering the Bacalar is Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12 powertrain to produce 659hp – 42hp more than the standard W12, and peak torque is raised to 900Nm. Bentley says it can go from zero to 60mph in 3.5-second and has a top speed of more than 200 mph.

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar has a base price of almost $2 million, before any bespoke options are added. However, Bentley have already confirmed that all 12 examples have been snapped up.

By Paul Joseph