Bentley W12 to get one last special send-off that will preview next EV

Bentley is saying out with the old and in with the new regarding its iconic W12 mill and future electrification plans. After 20 years of service to the VAG group, the British marque is planning one big send-off for the big powerplant.

According to information sourced by Autocar, the special model that will bear this engine will also be a preview for the upcoming all-electric product. The special send-off will be based on the Continental GT Coupe and features styling cues similar to those seen on the Bacalar.

The production run for this product however, will be a lot more exclusive than the Bacalar and will feature more flexible personalisation. Due to this, the list price is also expected to be quite a bit more than the current offering. The new model will be developed solely by the Mulliner division, which will launch the finished product in 2023. This is almost exactly 80 years after coachbuilder’s relationship with Bentley was initiated.

The reason Bentley is making this decision is because the Bacalar, of which only 25 examples were made at a price of £1,5 million (approximately R31,5 million), had a great amount of interest from the brand’s clientele. This will also be the first Mulliner project that will be completely led by ex-Audi designer Andreas Mindt.

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Nikesh Kooverjee

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