• European debut for stunning successor to open-air Bentley Bacalar at Chantilly Arts & Elegance
  • Two-seat Batur paired with fashion designer Balmain to participate in exclusive Concours d’Elegance 
  • The most powerful Bentley road car in history characterises Bentley’s new minimalist design language
  • Just 18 examples to be handbuilt in England by Mulliner; all sold
  • 70th anniversary of iconic Continental also celebrated at prestigious event

(Hallbergmoos, 23 September 2022) Bentley Motors has chosen the exclusive Chantilly Arts & Elegance to mark the European debut of the Bentley Batur by Mulliner – a two-door grand tourer limited to just 18 examples. The stunning coupé previews Bentley’s new, minimalist design language and will be the company’s most powerful road car yet.

The stunning coupe will participate in the Concours d’Elegance, held at the Domaine de Chantilly, just north of Paris. Unique to this event is the matching of cars and fashion.  For this year’s event, Bentley is paired with the well-known fashion house Balmain.  Both brands share a focus on unique design and authentic values. The Bentley Batur will be chaperoned during the parade that concludes the event by male and female models.

Created by Director of Design Andreas Mindt and his team, the Batur will be handcrafted in Crewe, England, by Bentley’s in-house and bespoke coachbuilder, Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilding company in the world. Like its open-air predecessor, the Bacalar, the Batur is named after a beautiful body of water – this time on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The Bentley Batur is powered by a 1,000 Nm development of Bentley’s legendary, 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, uprated to generate in excess of 750PS. The most advanced Bentley chassis ever will be mated to speed-tuned air suspension, active torque vectoring via eLSD, four-wheel steering and 48V electric anti-roll bars. An almost limitless array of options includes 3D-printed 18 carat gold, parts crafted in titanium and sustainable Natural Fibre composites.

Collectors from around the world will gather at the prestigious event on 24 and 25 September, to view a showcase of some of the most beautiful cars on the planet. 

Chantilly will also celebrate 70 years of the iconic Bentley Continental. The original R Type Continental is one of the most celebrated cars in the company’s 103-year history, an embodiment of the brand’s grand touring DNA. At launch in 1952, the R-Type was the fastest four-seater, and the most expensive car in the world.

Balazs Rooz, Regional Director - Europe, at Bentley Motors, said:

“We are thrilled to return to Chantilly Arts & Elegance – it is the most beautiful and elegant concours anywhere in the world. It is a truly fitting place to reveal the Bentley Batur in Europe, heir to the Bacalar. This limited production model offers a flavour of a new Bentley design language that will ultimately guide our future range of models.”

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Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering, Mulliner and production of the company’s five model lines, Continental GT, Continental GT Convertible, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Bentayga EWB. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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