(Source Bentley ) At the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Bentley
Motors reveals the production version of the new Azure. The
luxurious four-seater Azure, which goes on sale in Spring 2006, is
the latest in a portfolio of wonderfully desirable 'dropheads'
stretching back many decades and reaffirms Bentley's reputation as
creator of the world's most elegant convertibles.
Bentley first hinted that a new Azure might be in the pipeline when
it unveiled the glamorous Arnage Drophead Coup? show car at the Los
Angeles Auto Show in January 2005. The show car stimulated such
interest among Bentley aficionados that the decision was quickly
taken to continue its extensive development programme in time for
delivery of the first customer cars in Spring 2006. Last month,
Bentley announced that the production version of the show car would
carry the evocative Azure name. Like its iconic predecessor, which
was in production from 1995 to 2002, the new Azure becomes the
flagship of the Bentley model range.
The design of the new Azure is, first and foremost, unmistakeably
Bentley. It shares its face with the current Arnage range and its
platform ensures it seats four adults in supreme comfort. But it is
also unmistakeably unique. The entire cabin and rear section of the
car are newly designed, with a stunning bespoke interior; the
objective being to create an opulent and inviting seating area that
reflects its status as a car that is at home in Palm Springs or the
Riviera. The complex folding roof on the convertible is operated
hydraulically at the touch of a switch: the impressive, three-layer
fabric assembly being elegantly stowed beneath the hide-trimmed
tonneau in under 30 seconds.
6.75 liter V8
Acceleration 0-62 mph
|| 5.5 s
V8 engine, double-wishbone suspension and extremely rigid body
structure of the Arnage provide a state-of-the-art basis for the new
Azure. It is powered by a 450bhp (336Kw) version of the Arnage's
6.75-litre twin-turbocharged intercooled V8 engine and produces
875Nm (645lb ft) of torque.
The specification of the production version of the Azure is
virtually unchanged from the original L.A. show car. The principle
change is the introduction of high technology, lightweight, carbon
fibre, under-floor cross braces that contribute to the exceptional
levels of body stiffness, benefiting refinement, ride and handling.
In addition, the chrome trimmed bumpers and sills of the show car
are now painted in body colour with a delicate chrome trim that runs
the length of the car, enhancing the flowing lines of the Azure
'The production-specification Bentley Azure graces our stand at the
Frankfurt Motor Show just nine months after we revealed our concept
car in Los Angeles,' says Bentley Motors chairman, Dr Franz-Josef
Paefgen. 'We enjoy an excellent dialogue with our customers and the
new Azure epitomises how responsive Bentley is to satisfying their
aspirations. Bentley develops and produces cars that people desire
and that are faithful to our heritage. The new Azure is the perfect
example of this philosophy.'