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It’s the gorgeous new 730bhp Bentley Batur convertible

Just 16 soft top examples of Bentley’s most powerful production car ever will exist, will likely dwarf the hard top’s £1.65 million pricing

Published: 07 May 2024

Bentley has just chopped the top off its super exclusive Batur model, with 16 build slots available for the select few whose pockets are as deep as the Mariana’s Trench.

It’s quite a looker, you'll agree. Good news when you consider this car strongly previews Bentley’s design language of the future. So you’ve got a dark titanium mesh grille out front, flowing lines across the bonnet and flanks, sharp lighting clusters at either end and 22in alloys to bring it all together.

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Bentley also says the paint choice is ‘infinite’, with the example shown sporting a Vermillion gloss and satin finish. Perhaps be a bit more creative than ‘I’ll have a blue one please’ if you do seal a build slot.

The two-seat configuration still lays at the heart of a gorgeous ‘wraparound’ cabin, with the occupants separated by a thick centre console with many buttons that do… many things. There's a triumvirate of clocks directly above, with the rest of the dashboard left relatively tidy to allow the sparing use of rose gold to stand out a bit more.

Its soon-to-be-retired W12 remains unchanged, so the 6.0-litre twin-turbo noisemaker sends 730bhp and 738lb ft of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 209mph top speed also makes it the most powerful series production car ever from the brand which has a long-standing love affair with luxury bonnet ornaments.

The Batur is now the third coach-built Bentley of the modern era that’s been created alongside Mulliner, succeeding the hardtop Batur and the somewhat divisive Bacalar Barchetta. Pricing for the Batur convertible is unconfirmed, but with each of the 18 hardtop cars selling for an estimated £1.65 million, we’ll leave you to have a sensible guess for how much more these will be.

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