Bentley lifts the veil on the Batur, a sports car equipped with a 6.0-litre W12 that says a lot more than it suggests. It would indeed prefigure the style of the brand’s future electric models.
Like most manufacturers, Bentley will have to stop selling thermal cars from 2035, in accordance with the decision of the European Union. To tell the truth, the firm will take a little head start, since it already announced in November 2020 its desire to become a 100% electric brand from 2030. An ambitious goal, which will begin with the launch of the first car without an internal combustion engine in 2025.
If for the time being, nothing has yet been said about this future creation, we could however already have an idea of the design. How ? Not through a concept, as is usually the case, but rather through a production vehicle. This is the Batur, unveiled a few days ago and taking the form of a superb coupe, limited to only 18 copies. At first glance, it’s hard to guess how this one gives us clues about the future of Bentley, when it is equipped with a large 6.0-litre W12 engine.
However, and as explained by the very serious site Automotive News, Bentley would give us many indications on its future stylistic direction. First of all, we notice the disappearance of circular optics, present for decades on the brand’s models. A way no doubt to create a real break with the era of thermal models. The rear lights also become more elongated, while the overall lines gain in aerodynamics. Nevertheless, some elements should be reviewed, such as the grille, still used here to cool the cavalry. The electric models should then logically benefit from a fuller front face in order to improve the drag and therefore the Cx.
More room for customization
While the interior of the new Bentley Batur may seem fairly conventional, it still leaves plenty of room for personalization. A trend that is gaining more and more momentum over the years, since according to Automotive News, sales of personalized items increased fivefold in the first five months compared to the whole of 2019 for the British brand. According to Andreas Mindt, Bentley’s design director, customers are increasingly interested in the possibility of creating a car that will not look like their neighbor’s. The next electric model could therefore be more customizable than ever, even if it will still be necessary to wait before knowing more about it.
But that’s not all, because the cockpit of the English coupe also gives pride of place to sustainable materials, such as natural fibers replacing carbon, while the carpets are made of recycled wool. Dinamica, a material produced from recycled fibers is also present, replacing suede which is a derivative of leather. These materials should thus be present on the brand’s future electric models, which should ignore those from animal exploitation. and using non-renewable materials.
Bentley is taking advantage of the announcement of this Batur to confirm the arrival of its first 100% electric car in 2025.
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