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Bentley Azure

The Bentley Azure is a supremely luxurious land yacht with massive presence



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
6.75 V8 twin turbo 457 hp 19.5 l/100km Petrol 6 s 270 km/h

Body type Convertible
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 4
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 5 400 mm
Width 1 910 mm
Height 1 485 mm
Wheelbase 3 116 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 2 695 kg
Weight (max) 3 065 kg
Boot space (min) ?
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity 96 l

 

   The Bentley Azure is produced since 2006. It is available as a convertible.

   Azure is powered by a mighty 6.75-liter petrol, developing over 450 horsepower. This engine has a stunning acceleration for a convertible, that weights nearly three tonnes. 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 6 seconds. Surprisingly engine is mated with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, but it simply do not needs any more gears. Furthermore it do not feels savage when it accelerates, but still has vast reserves of power and torque. Caress the throttle at any speed and in any gear and it just goes.

   The new Bentley Azure is based on the Arnage, which means its fundamental design dates back to 1999, while the old Azure could trace its roots back to 1980. That's why it rides superbly and feels incredibly structural stiff for a luxury convertible. For a large and bulky car it even handles. Sure it you will try to change direction in a hurry it's not going to work. On the other hand steering is fluid, well weighted and very precise. It still copes well with twisty mountain roads.

   At the motorway speed with the roof down and windows up conversation is still possible.

   The Bentley Azure is unique proposition on the market. At least until Rolls-Royce will offer a Phantom convertible. Though people who buy Bentleys usually have five to twelve cars in their garages. Azure costs more than most of the supercars and it's running costs are horrendous. Furthermore no more than 400 cars are built annually, so people are actually paying for exclusivity. Reliability is not up to the scratch though.

   The Bentley Azure is hand-built using the finest materials only. Styling is very conservative. Creamy, soft-touch leather covers the seats, door panels and part of the dash. Wood in this car seems right and proper. However switchgear takes time to get used to.

   Steering wheel adjusts only for height, what is strange for a car with such a price tag.

   Roof of the Bentley Azure has been beautifully engineered. It folds and unfolds in less than 25 seconds. Surprisingly the roof is canvas rather than steel, otherwise it would have spoiled the lines and added weight.

   The Azure is a genuine 4-seater. It's cabin is a special place to spend time in. There is plenty of room in any direction. Boot is vast enough to take all the luggage.

   The Bentley Azure features some of the electronic gadgets you expect from a modern car, including satellite navigation and reversing camera, but that's about it, as it isn't aimed for the young generation. Typical buyers of the Azure are in their late 50s.

   Production of the Bentley Azure still continues.

 

   Advantages: The Bentley Azure has massive presence, amazing performance and beautiful cabin.

   Disadvantages: Not as good as cheaper Bentley GT convertible. Horrendous price and running costs.

   Verdict: A unique proposition of supremely luxurious land yacht.

   Also consider: Bentley CGT convertible.

 

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