Bentley has declared that the future of Bentley is electric. The Volkswagen Group-owned company is planning to be completely electric by 2030.
This obviously cannot be accomplished over night, but the first stage is crucial in the long run. Bentley had been expected to begin this in 2025, the year that the first official launch of their EV was planned. But the VW Group’s CARIAD software division delayed the launch of a number of Audi as well as Porsche EVs, as well as the Bentley EV, with the delay of one year, to 2026.
However, we can now have a good look at the design of Bentley’s forthcoming battery electric vehicles , thanks to the Mulliner Batur coupe, which was unveiled on the 21st of August at Monterey Car Week in California. The limited edition of 18 models with a price tag of PS1.65 million ($1.95 million) each, and driven by a 730-horsepower 6.0-liter W12 gasoline motor it is clear that the Mulliner Batur is more than simply a special-ordered coach.
The car’s design DNA will define the future direction of Bentley EVs. It introduces new concepts, ideas, and features, while also keeping the connection to previous models like the Continental GT, Flying Spur and Bentayga series.
Bentley states that the Batur shows the design principles that will guide the development of the first BEV by the company and the familiy of cars that will follow. Aerodynamics will certainly be a major factor and it is evident when you look at the Batur’s simplified body style.
He said that another Batur design element that Bentley will bring to electric vehicles is an “endless” hood. Bentley cars have always had hoods with long lengths to allow for larger engines however Mindt’s team has devised a stripes of brightwork that run across the hood along to the side of the vehicle to signal that the standard length is still in place, although the cabin is set to expand in the case of the electric vehicle.
According to Mindt this allows the user to be able to be able to recognize the appearance of a Bentley regardless of its proportion. In terms of the body’s simple surface and the absence of any decorative elements, Mindt says they are countered by muscular proportions which provide the body with “steam-train strength.”