The Bentley Azure is a four passenger convertible built in Crewe, England. It debuted in 1995 and was produced until 2003, being replaced by a new version that rode in on the Arnage platform in 2006. Powered by a 6.75 Liter V8 that made 500 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque, the Azure could accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 179 MPH.
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The Mulsanne in all of its glory was an obvious and easy replacement for the Arnage in the Bentley’s line-up, but Bentley will not be stopping there. Out with the old and in with the new, Bentley will be replacing yet another vehicle in their lineup. The Azure will be fleeing off into the distance and its replacement will be...the Azure? That’s right, folks. Bentley will be showing the old Arnage convertible the door, but will be keeping the name to provide it for the next convertible on their list; the Mulsanne convertible being called the Azure.
The 2012 Azure will be powered by the same 6.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as the sedan producing an impressive 505 HP. This will be more than enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds. Also, like with the Mulsanne, the next Azure will use the same eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The convertible version will hit the market a year after the Mulsanne enriches our vehicular experience and we must say, we cannot wait. Stripping the Mulsanne of its top would be a sinfully rich experience of class and fun. We also anticipate a few more models varied from the Bentley Mulsanne. We can’t imagine spending all of that time and money to create those videos linking us to the entire process without following it up with some moneymaking varients. If we follow the Arnage lineup, we would expect a limousine version like the Arnage RL. Any ideas on what could be coming next?
The current big Bentley, the Arnage family, is taking a final bow. While the premiere of last year’s Brooklands was a car that was more for the English crowd (foul-weather friendly hard top, understated coupe styling, etc.), the 2009 Azure T is more for an American crowd ("hey look me and at what I can afford!")
It’s safe to write that the Azure T is the most elegant convertible at the moment. PETA gets woozy every time it thinks about how many cows had to die so that the ultra-rich can have coddled hands, legs, elbows and butts. Like any good Bentley, there are only understated changes to the exterior. Little things like new 20-inch five-spoke two-piece alloy wheels, ‘Le Mans’ lower front wing air vents, and dark-tinted upper and lower grilles.
Like with most big Bentleys, its no slouch. Under the hood Bentley placed a liter twin-turbocharged version of their older-than-dust 6.75 V8 engine that produces 500bhp (50 hp more than the standard Arnage sedan, but 30 hp less than the Brooklands). The Azure T makes the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds, hits 100 mph in 12.1 seconds, and doesn’t stop until it reaches the top speed of 179 mph.
While all Bentleys are extremely exclusive, there was no announced cap on productions as there is with the 550-unit Brooklands. Then again, it’s likely there won’t be too many neighbors picking up the kids from soccer practice in this.
The car is set to debut at the LA Auto Show this month. Why LA? Because although Bentley would not divulge the price of the super-lux ragtop (the Brooklands cost $680,000,) most of those who can afford it have had their names on a few movie posters or at least rapped about how much money they have.
If you want to be reminded of just how much money you don’t make, read the press release after the jump.