The Bentley Azure is a large, four seater convertible built by Bentley Motors Limited at its factory in Crewe, England. The Bentley Azure debuted in 1995 on the Continental platform and was produced in its original appearance until 2003, a completely new version with an updated engine significantly and riding on the platform recent Bentley Arnage debuted in 2006 According to 2009 research by the company Yahoo Internet!, blue is the fourth most fuel consuming car on sale in the UK.
Bentley Azure First Generation (1995-2003)
The Bentley Azure debuted in March 1995 at the Geneva platform Continental R model, which was originally released in 1991, the production dragged only a start, finished with just nine examples in the first year – in 1996, after full production had begun, no less than 251 were completed Azures. Pininfarina assisted in the two-year process of converting the Continental R on a full four-seater convertible, and also built the shell and the hood at its factory in Italy, many of the original parts in the UK. Then Final assembly took place in Crewe. A roll bar was never considered, which required extensive reinforcement of the chassis. In 210 in (5,340 mm) long and 5750 pounds (2610 kg) in weight, the Azure often surprised onlookers with its size and bulk, intended to both convey a sense of “presence” and allows comfortable seating of four adult passengers .
Power came from unconditional V8 6.75 liter of the company, which offers a single, inter-cooled Garrett turbocharger and producing in the region of 360 hp – Rolls-Royce and Bentley still no official power numbers given at the time of the introduction Azure. When production began in earnest, the new Zytek engine management meant a slight increase in power to 385 hp (287 kW, 390 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 lbs ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm, power was routed to the rear wheels via a modified, General Motors came, four-speed automatic transmission. With a time of zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.3 seconds (0-100 km / h in 6.5 s) and a top speed of 241 km / h (150 mph), the Azure was very fast for a car its size, weight and poor aerodynamic profile.
Due to the limitation of space and manpower in the Bentley factory in Crewe, of a thickness of the Azure convertible, driven was designed and manufactured by Pininfarina, which significantly added vehicle cost. New in 1995, the Azure was priced at $ 347,645 – $36,355 more than the Continental R on which it is based. From 1999 to the end of production, the Bentley Azure was also available in “Bentley Mulliner” trim, which added special bespoke cutting and additional equipment and allows the buyer of the option for further customization during construction, prices varied by car, as equipment could be significantly different from each other depending on customer requests. One of the limited edition included ‘Symbolic Edition 2000’, a single commission Bentley Mulliner 4-done.
Bentley Azure Second Generation (2006-2009)
Volkswagen bought Bentley from Vickers in 1998, three years after the production of the Mark 1 model Volkswagen executives decided to maintain the then current Azure in production until 2003, then release his successor at a later date. Production of the new Azure began for the 2006 model year. Now based on the Bentley Arnage platform, the power comes from the current variant of the Bentley turbocharged V8 making 450 hp (340 kW) and 645 lb ft (875 N · m) of torque. Volkswagen re-financed a major engine work in 2001 to modernize, including a switch from the old system to a single-turbo twin-turbo modern facility, reducing turbo lag and increase power output. A new six-speed automatic transmission model-specific feeds power to the rear wheels.
Bentley claims a 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph (270 km / h), slightly faster than the previous edition and is still very good for a vehicle of this size and weight. The Department of Energy of the United States lists as Bentley Azure car less fuel consumption in its class with only 9 mpg US (26 l / 100 km, 11 mpg-imp) in the city and 15 miles per gallon (16 L / 100 km, 18 mpg-imp) highway rates.
Bentley Azure T (2009-2010)
The “T” is a higher performance version of the Bentley Azure. Lifestyle changes include 8.5 J x 20-inch five-spoke, two-piece alloy wheels with tires 255/40 ZR20 Pirelli P Zero, air vents ‘Le Mans’ lower front wing, the upper and lower grilles tinted, fuel ‘Jewel’ filler cap (made from billet aluminum), mounting door mirrors finished in body color. The Bentley Azure exterior design was inspired by Bentley Mark VI.
Audio system includes an audio head unit on the big screen with Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot, interface / AUX iPod / USB 3.5 mm, with optional ‘Naim for Bentley’ 10-speaker audio system 1100W. Electronic Stability Program System, Tire Pressure Control are now standard equipment. The twin turbo engine has 507 hp (373 kW, 500 hp) and 1,000 N · m (740 lb ft) of torque. It has a 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds (0-100 km / h in 5.5 seconds), the time from 0 to 100 mph in 12.1 seconds (0-160 km / h in 12 , 0 seconds) and a top speed of 179 mph (288 km / h). The Bentley Azure T was presented at the LA Auto Show.