Batur, a new sporty electric model from Bentley with a 6.0-liter W12 engine will set the stage for future electric models of the brand.
Like most other manufacturers, Bentley will have to stop selling thermal cars from 2035, following a decision by the European Union. The company will be slightly ahead of its plan, as it announced in November 2020 its intention to become a 100% electric brand by 2030. An ambitious goal will be started with the launch of the first car without internal combustion. engines in 2025.
A WATERMARK DESIGN:
At the moment, nothing has been said about this future creation; we could already have an idea of the design. But how? Not through a concept, as is usually the case, but through a production vehicle. The Batur was unveiled a few days ago and took the form of a superb coupe, limited to only 18 units. At first glance, it’s hard to guess how this one gives us clues about Bentley’s future, as it’s equipped with a big 6.0-liter W12 engine.
However, as explained by the very serious Automotive News website, Bentley would give us many indications of its future stylistic direction. First, we notice the disappearance of the circular headlights, present for decades on the brand’s models; a way to create a real break from the era of thermal models. The rear lights also become more elongated, while the overall lines gain aerodynamics. Nevertheless, some elements should be revised, such as the front grille, which is still used here to cool the cavalry. The electric models should then logically benefit from a fuller front end to improve the drag and, therefore, the Cx.
MORE ROOM FOR CUSTOMIZATION:
While the interior of the new Bentley Batur may look rather conventional, it still leaves plenty of room for customization. A growing trend over the years, as the UK brand’s custom elements sales, increased fivefold in the first five months compared to 2019. According to Andreas Mindt, Bentley’s design director, customers are increasingly interested in creating a car that won’t look like their neighbor’s. So the next electric model is more customizable than ever, though we’ll have to wait to learn more about that.
But that’s not all, as the driver’s compartment of the British coupe also features sustainable materials, such as natural fibers instead of carbon. At the same time, the carpets are made of recycled wool. Dinamica, a material produced from recycled fibers, is also present, replacing suede, a derivative of leather. These materials should be present on future electric models of the brand, which should do without those from animal exploitation and using non-renewable materials.
Bentley is taking advantage of this announcement of Batur to confirm the arrival of its first 100% electric vehicle in 2025.