Bentley’s powerful Batur grand tourer completes rigorous 58-week durability testing program.
740 hp W12 engine undergoes two-year development, ensuring unparalleled performance and refinement.
Mulliner to handcraft 18 customer cars with unique finishes, sustainable materials, and personalized specifications.
The exclusive Batur, Bentley‘s most powerful grand tourer, has concluded its comprehensive vehicle development programme. Comprising a combined total of 58 weeks of intense durability work, a brace of Baturs, Car Zero and Car Zero-Zero, underwent thorough testing in varied conditions, including real-world driving, high-speed performance, and handling on rough surfaces. Over 30,000 kilometres were driven, resulting in the validation of more than 800 Batur-exclusive parts tested to the highest durability standards.
The W12 engine, Batur‘s heart, successfully finished its two-year development and test regime. The most potent engine ever built by Bentley, this 740 hp powerhouse represents a celebration of the luxury automaker’s engineering prowess as they prepare to embrace full electrification. Rigorous testing for the engine’s components, including its air intake system, revised intercoolers, and modified turbochargers, ensured the Batur could offer unrivalled performance and refinement.
Continuing a tradition of exceptional craftsmanship, Bentley Mulliner will personally commission 18 customer cars, each taking approximately four months to handcraft. Reflecting the highest standards of automotive craftsmanship, the development car, Car Zero, sported a unique exterior finish named Purple Sector. Similarly, the Engineering Car Zero-Zero boasted a striking Marina Teal finish, both of which were subjected to stringent durability tests, proving the robustness of the sustainable materials used in the Batur’s construction.
Both these development cars, created with meticulous attention to detail, are indicative of the unique nature of the forthcoming customer cars. Mulliner’s design team will assist each customer in the co-creation process, overseeing the specification of almost every aspect of the Batur’s colour and finish.
Batur’s unique construction materials, including natural fibres and additive manufactured gold, underline Bentley’s commitment to sustainability and showcase the unique bespoke options offered by Mulliner. These materials underwent wide-ranging tests to ensure their durability, even under challenging conditions such as extended solar loading.
This attention to detail and the successful conclusion of the development programme confirm the Batur as the ultimate grand tourer and herald a new era in Bentley’s rich coachbuilding tradition. With customer cars set to be handcrafted at Mulliner’s workshop in Bentley’s carbon-neutral factory in Crewe, England, the Batur promises to carry Bentley’s reputation for unrivalled luxury and performance into the future.