The limited-edition Bentley Batur Coupe features 3D-printed gold interior trim pieces, which Bentley says is a first in the automotive industry.
Launched in August as the successor to the 2020 Bacalar convertible, the Batur will feature up to 210 grams of 18k gold on the inside. The option adds 3D printed gold to the “Charisma Dial” driving mode selector, as well as vent controls and a steering wheel insert.
Bentley 3D printing facility
Bentley worked with British goldsmith Cooksongold to develop the 3D printing process, which involves grinding 100% recycled gold jewelry into a fine powder for printing. This step involves gradually adding material layer by layer until a complete part is made, using CAD drawings as a guide. Bentley intends to continue using 3D printing to create bespoke parts to allow for a higher level of personalization.
After the 3D printing process, the parts are then refined and hallmarked by hand by jewellers. Everyone receives a stamp that certifies the authenticity of the gold. All pieces were made in 2022, so they also receive the jubilee seal celebrating the late Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee year.
Bentley Batur by Mulliner
The Batur is based on the Bentley Continental GT Speed, but with a design that previews future electric models to be launched in 2025. The car is also fitted with a more powerful twin-turbocharged version of Bentley’s well-known 6.0-litre W12. With 730 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque, the Batur is the most powerful road Bentley ever.
Production is limited to 18 cars, all of which have been spoken for despite an estimated price tag of $1.95 million. The Batur is currently undergoing testing, with delivery to customers scheduled for mid-2023.