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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.

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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

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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 EXP100GT Bentley 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.

Bentley has launched a new CPO program designed to give used car buyers confidence in their purchase.

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Honda has one. Toyota too. Now Bentley Motors has launched a certified pre-owned program (CPO) that the luxury automaker says, "offers buyers complete peace of mind, an exclusive certificate of authenticity, and opens the door to the extraordinary world of Bentley itself."

Called "Certified by Bentley" the business model is similar to other CPO programs. Each used vehicle that comes into the Bentley dealership to be readied for sale will be given a technical inspection, then it's fully serviced using only genuine Bentley parts. Each Certified by Bentley purchase comes with a comprehensive 12 months warranty that can be further extended should the buyer choose.

The vehicles each also receive a certificate of authenticity, which provides evidence of where it was manufactured and a full service history.

"When a customer selects a Certified by Bentley car, they are making an investment in a brand that has always crafted extraordinary vehicles," said Mark Keeping, Head of Pre-Owned at Bentley Motors. "The exceptional quality of every car, means that whether new or Certified by Bentley, owning a Bentley is a wise decision."

Bently is touting the cost savings buyers will experience with the new program. "Costs of ownership are lower than might otherwise be expected, making owning a Bentley an option for a wider number of potential customers," said Keeping. "And every car hand-built at our headquarters in Crewe, England, meets the same exquisite standards regardless of when it was built."

Additionally, buyers who purchase Certified by Bentley products also receive access to exclusive events around the world, a Bentley Factory Tour, and a subscription to the Bentley Magazine among other benefits.

The Bentley Centenary celebrates the last 100 years of Bentley design, and the next 100.

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There's best friends, and then there's this best friend. It's a diamond with nearly flawless clarity, exquisitely cut and mounted for maximum sparkle. With a VS2 purity rating and Very Good cut, the 20.08-carat Bentley Centenary yellow diamond is a collector's piece for the ultimate luxury buyer.

Harvested from the African landscape, the design of the Bentley Centenary diamond's journey from ground to showroom was influenced by Bentley designer Chris Cooke, who created the original designs for the gold and platinum settings. He took inspiration from Bentley's EXP 100 GT concept car.

Bentley Centenary Bentley has worked with Master Goldsmiths at Heinz Mayer to craft the extraordinary piece.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The final design of the piece was entrusted to expert Master Goldsmiths at Heinz Mayer in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

The diamond rests in a platinum and 18-karat gold setting and hangs at the bottom of a chain. There are 106 diamonds on the pendant - 20 on the chain, 30 under the center stone, and 56 in the surrounding setting. Underneath the pendant is the Bentley 100 Extraordinary Years logo. The Bentley emblem and inscriptions of diamond weight, clarity and serial number are engraved on the chain's plaque.

Platinum wing-like shapes hold the cradle where the large stone rests. The Italian platinum chain consists of sections that have been cut then welded and soldered back together with 18 karat gold mountings. The chain itself holds 20 white round natural brilliant cut diamonds. The chain can be worn at either 42 cm or 45 cm.

The design, cutting, mounting, and polishing process took weeks to complete. When it was complete and the work was approved by all involved, the moulds created for the project were destroyed, ensuring that the piece is truly one of one.