The limited-edition Bentley Batur coupe has 3D-printed gold inside trim items, which Bentley claims is an auto trade first.
Revealed in August as a follow-up to 2020’s Bacalar convertible, the Batur may have as much as 210 grams of 18-carat gold all through its inside. The choice provides 3D-printed gold to the “Charisma Dial” drive mode selector, in addition to on the vent controls and a steering-wheel insert.
Bentley 3D printing facility
Bentley labored with British goldsmith Cooksongold to develop the 3D-printing course of, by which 100% recycled gold jewellery is floor right into a high-quality powder for printing. That step entails step by step including materials layer by layer till an entire half is produced, utilizing CAD drawings as a information. Bentley goals to proceed utilizing 3D printing to make bespoke elements, permitting for a higher diploma of personalization.
After the 3D-printing course of, the elements are then hand completed by jewelers and hallmarked. Every receives a trademark certifying the authenticity of the gold. All elements have been manufactured in 2022, so additionally they obtain the Jubilee hallmark, celebrating the Platinum Jubilee 12 months of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Bentley Batur by Mulliner
The Batur is predicated on the Bentley Continental GT Velocity, however with styling that previews future electrical fashions scheduled to launch from 2025. The automotive additionally sports activities a extra highly effective model of Bentley’s acquainted twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12. With 730 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque on faucet, the Batur is probably the most highly effective road-going Bentley ever.
Manufacturing is restricted to 18 vehicles, all of which have been spoken for regardless of an estimated $1.95 million price ticket. The Batur is now present process testing, with buyer deliveries focused for mid-2023.