Bentley’s coach-built Mulliner Batur coupé that was revealed last year at the Monterey Car Week is a phenomenal automotive creation. Introduced as a demonstrator for the future Bentley models, the British luxury carmaker doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned to make Batur the most compelling limited-production automobile money can buy. Bentley has announced that the Batur will be offered with what’s being touted as “the most exquisite in-car audio system ever created,” which has been developed in collaboration with Naim.
Called the Naim for Mulliner, it is a £25,000 (about $32,000) option exclusively developed for the 18 customer Baturs that are to be handcrafted by Mulliner. According to Bentley, the bespoke sound system is the result of 10,000 hours of development work that went into creating new hardware and completely recalibrating the system.
The exclusive sound system comprises 20 speakers, which include six tweeters, nine mid-range speakers, two woofers, two active bass transducers, and one subwoofer. It has been designed to offer an unrivaled musical experience, along with providing presence, detail, power, warmth, airiness, and immersion, while using the most efficient technologies. Developed in collaboration with French audio brand Focal, it features a unique combination of three-dimensional printed speaker cages and highly-tuned driver cones to produce an incomparable audio system.
Derived from Focal’s Grand Utopia speakers, the mid-range speakers and tweeters feature Focal’s patented ‘M’ cones. The Naim for Mulliner system also with state-of-the-art Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, which allows the drivers to customize the listening experience based on seating position and personal preferences. With the development work finished in June, the lucky 18 customers will soon get the opportunity to work closely with Mulliner’s design team and customize the Baturs according to their exact requirements.
The Naim for Mulliner sound system will be one of the options that will be on offer. The Batur was introduced with a starting price of $2 million. It is the last Bentley to be powered by the brand’s iconic twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine that produced 740 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque in the coupe.