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/ Bentley Azure Mulliner
(1995 - 2002 / 1999 - 2003)
Bentley Azure, 1997,
#SCBZKI4C0WCX61519, Pininfarina-designed Mulliner Park Ward Convertible. The fully
automatic hood provides perfect protection from inclement weather.
The exciting success of
the Bentley Continental R made it predictable that here was the basis for a most promising
convertible. Indeed the company did ask Sergio Pininfarina in Italy to take over the task
of styling one. Testimonial to successful Anglo-Italian cooperation was the elegant
Bentley Azure with its automatically operated, fully disappearing hood. The name was
evocative of those very special models too whose designations could be traced back to
areas in the South of France: Corniche and Camargue. But here was an out-and-out sports
car for the most demanding driver whereas the previous models had neither been noted for
brisk acceleration nor for sure-footed roadholding. Later models of the Bentley Azure are
distinguished from the first series quite easily because the special radiator matrix
replacing the radiator slats - was only fitted from model year 1998 onward (i.e. on
Bentley Azure delivered from July 1997 onward).
Clearly distinguished from the basic version was the Bentley Azure Mulliner,
unveiled in 1999. Not only was a maximum torque of 875Nm provided - an increase
of some 10% - but the roadholding was improved accordingly with torsion bars
stiffened 15% front and 20% rear.
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration; aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder block
with cast iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm (4.1 x 3.9
in), capacity 6,750 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, Zytek EMS3 digital
engine control, exhaust driven Garrett AirResearch turbocharger with
intercooler, 385bhp/286.1kW at 4,000rpm, max. torque 750Nm at 2,000rpm (from
1999 Bentley Azure Mulliner 420bhp/313kW at 4,000rpm, max. torque 875Nm at
2,200rpm); 4-speed automatic gearbox; independent suspension front and rear with
adaptive ride control; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear, anti
locking device; wheelbase 3,061mm (120.5in); tyre size 255/55WR17; max. speed
150mph / 245km/h
Bentley Azure, 1996,
#SCBZK15CBTCX53730. In conjunction with Pininfarina of Italy the styling department at
Crewe developed the convertible based on the successful Bentley Continental R
Azure, 1997, #SCBZKI4C0WCX61519, Pininfarina-designed Mulliner Park Ward Convertible.
A famous song stated "Heaven is on the back seat of my Cadillac" - this song was
written prior to the Bentley Azure putting things right!