Exclusive: New 2023 Bentley uses W12 and previews first EV

Exclusive: New 2023 Bentley uses W12 and previews first EV

As shown in Autocar’s exclusive renderings, the second Mulliner model will be marked out from its series-production range-mates by a radical styling overhaul. This will draw on elements of Bentley’s sustainability-focused EXP 100 GT concept of 2019, but with a number of bespoke cues that are likely to become hallmarks of the brand’s first pureelectric cars. A more angular and aggressive front end will be a defining characteristic, bearing a new interpretation of Bentley’s trademark grille design, slim headlight clusters and more angular air intakes.

As with the Bacalar, a bespoke rear-end treatment will further differentiate the Mulliner car from the Continental GT, with slim LED lights, wide arches and prominent haunches among the cues that could make their way to electrified successors. 

It is understood that the second bespoke Mulliner car is the first project being led from start to finish by ex-Audi designer Andreas Mindt, who was appointed as Bentley design boss at the beginning of this year when Audi took full control of the Bentley brand as part of a drive for greater synergies between the two marques. His highest-profile design while at Audi was the company’s debut production EV, the E-tron SUV, and his work at Bentley begins as Audi ramps up development of the groundbreaking Artemis EV platform, which will underpin Bentley’s first electric car.