Bentley Bacalar tastes the rainbow

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Words: Josh Revell
22 May 2020

Bentley recently held an online contest for its workers and their families to design their perfect Mulliner Bacalar.

The firm’s Director of Design, Stefan Sielaff, selected this rainbow-colored creation from a woman named Eleanor, who was deemed to have created the best exterior among all of the entrants. While unlikely to grace one of the 12 Bacalars destined for production, it can be implemented at the customer’s request.

Starting from the top of the car and moving downward, the Bacalar wears seven shades from Bentley's vast number of choices:
- Dragon Red II is a bright colour, which has previously appeared on the launch vehicles for Continental GT V8 in 2012 and more recently the Bentayga V8.
- Orange Flame uses paint with mica pigment and powdered aluminium.
- Yellow Flame is the same shade as on the Bacalar for its original debut.
- Apple Green is one of Bentley's bespoke colour options.
- Jetstream II is the company's take on powder blue with a metallic finish.
- Sequin Blue comes from a customer asking for a car to match a favourite ball gown and is now part of the available palette for the brand's vehicles.
- Azure Purple also comes from a customer request. In this case, a client asked for a colour matching the African Violet flower.

All 12 Bacalars have already been purchased, for which Bentley has charged $NZ3million per unit. The twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 that lies beneath the bonnet churns out 485kW (650hp) and 900Nm of torque. It is claimed the Bacalar can complete the 0 to 100km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed surpassing 320km/h.

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