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The Bentley Batur Convertible is super rare and super special

A gorgeous, ultra-limited top-down luxury car

This Bentley gets its name from a volcanic crater lake in Bali, Indonesia. PHOTO FROM BENTLEY

Following on from the Batur Coupe, Bentley has now unveiled its latest coach-built masterpiece, the Batur Convertible. Limited to a mere 16 examples, this open-top GT promises ultimate luxury and exclusivity for the few lucky enough to acquire one.

Like its closed-roof sibling, the al fresco Batur is also being assembled by Mulliner, Bentley’s in-house bespoke division, and no two of the 16 cars will likely be alike.

Powered by the firm’s famous hand-built twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 in its most powerful version, the 750hp and the 1,000Nm hiding under the gorgeous hood will be all too happy to mess up the expensive hairdos of the passengers if so desired.

The front exudes elegance with attitude. PHOTOS FROM BENTLEY

But most of the time, these sculptures on wheels will likely be seen cruising around tax havens or parked in the driveways of mega mansions, because you need megabucks to buy one. And the right connections, of course.

The chances of Ricky Random waltzing into a Bentley showroom and being able to order one tomorrow are slim to zero, but if by some miracle one is available to buy, then rumors are that it will set you back at least £1,700,000 (P121,700,000).

For all that cash, you get a beautifully drawn drop-top that can open and close its fabric hood in 19 seconds and at speeds of up to 50km/h. As is befitting for a Bentley, the company is keen to point out that almost every aspect of the car can be personalized.

Paint choices are infinite (Bentley’s very words), and even include hand-painted graphics, while the interior can be adorned with elements made from 3D-printed rose gold.

The push-start button looks like a piece of jewelry. PHOTOS FROM BENTLEY

Rolling along on newly designed 22-inch rims, the Batur is a pure two-seater, and Bentley again tells us that its lines are an indication of the future design language we can expect from the brand.

That language clearly includes such words as bold, unashamed luxury, and confident elegance. The development car shown in the press images was finished in Vermilion Gloss over Vermilion Satin Duo tone, which really makes this machine pop.

There’s no doubt that Bentley has probably already sold all 16 cars, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if one of them makes it to our shores.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.