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Two-seater Bentley Mulliner Bacalar makes its debut, only 12 will be made

Bentley is pushing the limits of its design team with the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The car Bentley is calling "the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era" made its debut today in Crewe, England. The model is a two-seat convertible grand tourer that pushes the envelope of design.

Bentley Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilder in the world, will produce just 12 Bacalar models. Each of the cars will be handcrafted in the Bentley Mulliner workshop in Crewe, according to the individual customer's personal tastes.

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

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"The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is our ultimate expression of an open-top, luxury grand tourer, and of the immense capabilities of our team in Crewe," said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. "In Bacalar, we have created a fully bespoke Bentley, orientated towards a two seat open top experience, and carrying a number of the forward thinking elements of future luxury, first heralded in our EXP100GT as part of our Centenary celebrations last year."

The car's design has tapered cowls at the rear which were designed to be reminiscent of vintage Barchetta sports cars. It features a wrap-around cockpit with a center console that is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard and doors. A semi-enclosed luggage compartment sits behind the passengers and is purposely designed to fit bespoke Schedoni fitted luggage.

A new, knurled pattern was created for the iconic 'bullseye' vents in the cabin. This pattern is repeated around the interior on areas like the steering wheel controls, media and climate controls, and speaker frets. Each element has a fine, Dark Bronze detail to further enhance the finish, with Midnight Black Titanium detailing.

Buyers can finish their inter using any of the Bentley color and material choices available. In the model show, Bentley used Beluga leather alongside Bentley's heritage semi-gloss leather and natural wool to create a dark 'tone-on-tone' character. Bentley Mulliner's Khamun accent leather highlights the wraparound cabin theme and matches the new Yellow Flame exterior paintwork.

Bentley EXP100GTBentley previewed its future interior materials last year in the EXP100GT concept car.Photo courtesy of Bentley

The car's D-shaped steering wheel features Alcantara inserts, with a contrast accent top marker. The gear-shifter is also finished in Alcantara with Dark Bronze detailing. Unique leather strap door and seat releases, and digital instrumentation heighten the look.

The sustainable products first showcased in the EXP100GT have come to the Bacalar including ash from rice husks, which provides a sustainable way of delivering a rich metallic finish, natural British wool and 5,000-year-old Riverwood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia.

"Bacalar is a rare and remarkable Bentley, and whilst clearly defined, will be an extraordinary and collaborative experience for just twelve discerning people who will now co-create, collect, drive and treasure one of twelve being built," said Hallmark. "Our customers are as excited as we are about Bacalar, as it brings our team and discerning enthusiasts together, to create the finest bespoke, hand-built cars, and push the boundaries of our imagination and capabilities."

Bentley has given the car an enhanced version of their 6.0-liter W12 engine, which produces 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque. The car comes standard with torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

Bentley's super luxury model gets its name from Laguna Bacalar, located in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. It's a long and narrow lake known for its clear blue water. The name continues the new Bentley tradition of naming cars after remarkable landmarks. This started in 2015 with Bentayga.

All examples of the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar have already been allocated to customers from around the world.

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The majority of new car buyers paid a markup in January 2022.

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It's no secret that new car prices are climbing every year, as new technology and features make their way into even the most basic models. The issue is compounded by massive supply chain issues that have caused vehicle shortages for nearly every major automaker. Some dealers are taking advantage of record low inventory levels by marking up prices, and unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to a handful of bad apples. In analyzing recent sale price data, automotive publication Edmunds found that buyers paid a markup in a whopping 82.2 percent of all new vehicle purchases in January 2022, compared to just 2.8 percent a year before. Overall, the average transaction price rose to $728 above MSRP for new car purchases.


Tesla factoryTesla is looking to expand production in the U.S. beyond the confines of its Fremont factory. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Cadillac buyers saw the largest markups, to the tune of $4,048 on average in January. Land Rover and Kia weren't much better, with average markups of $2,565 and $2,289, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Alfa Romeo buyers got discounts that averaged $3,421, while people who bought Volvo or Lincoln vehicles got smaller discounts of $869 and $510, respectively.

Some automakers have taken a stand against dealer markups and the general lack of transparency seen in pricing across the board. Ford and General Motors have been vocal in recent months, threatening to withhold inventory from dealers found to be slapping markups on new vehicles. As Edmunds notes, both automakers have important vehicle launches on the horizon that neither can afford to flub, and inconsistent pricing or markups is a good way to alienate new customers out of the gate.


Cadillac EscaladeCadillac buyers paid the largest markups of any brand. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

If you're thinking of shopping for a new car, the best way to avoid paying a markup is to wait. The pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues have thrown kinks into every automaker's operations that will take time to iron out. That said, it's clear that some brands are committed to having no funny business when it comes to dealerships' pricing and communication. It's possible to get a vehicle at MSRP, or even below in some cases, so if you're in a position that requires you to buy a new car, shop around to get the best deal.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDriveThe last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDriveOnly 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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