The Bentley Bacalar debuted just over two years ago, becoming one of the rarest two-door models ever. The company only produces 12 units, but bespoke styling has inspired the design of two aircraft – the Gulf Stream G650 jet and the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
Kenn Ricci commissioned two planes for his private airline, Flexjet. He worked with Bentley Mulliner Design on creating the two vehicles. Its Julep Bacalar exterior color inspired a silver-green chameleon paint for the main accent of the aircraft. Inside, the helicopter and jet feature special seats that borrow style from Bacalar. Both feature wood veneer, while Satin Bacalar Bronze fixtures and diamond-carved rugs adorn the cabin.
The bespoke Bacalar Ricci features custom 22-inch tri-colour wheels, a bright Satin Bronze exterior and satin carbon fiber accents. The Bentley has a white-and-black cabin with bronze accents. Since 2020, Bentley has seen demand for Mulliner exterior paints double and personal Mulliner commissions triple.
Bacalar debuted with a twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12 engine. It produces 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) and 667 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque and is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Bentley can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of over 200 mph (332 kph).
However, what makes the Bentley truly special is the design. The car has no roof and can only accommodate two people, with the entire exterior designed explicitly for the model. However, the automaker had to carry the Continental GTC door handles for the keyless entry system. Inside, Bentley installed 5,000 year old Riverwood, a super rare material, and used natural wool fabrics for the seat inserts, seat backs and headrests.
Bentley is more focused on its Mulliner division. This month, Bentley Beverley Hills commissioned three limited-edition Continental GT Speed Convertibles to highlight the Mulliner’s customization capabilities. The automaker finished three cars with bespoke pastel paint designed to harken back to Hollywood’s Art Deco days. We hope to see more of the Mulliner in the future, especially as its popularity increases.