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(from Bentley press
release) Stylish and powerful, the new Bentley Azure T is
the world’s most elegant convertible and destined to become a future
classic. With unique Bentley ‘T’ styling cues reinforcing its
sporting stance, the 500bhp Azure T delivers driver-focused
performance with the ability to transport four adults in
first-class, open-top luxury.
The new Azure T, specified with the high performance version of
Crewe’s iconic 6¾ litre V8 engine, is the latest in a line of
Bentley models to bear the ‘T’ legend. The 1996 Continental coupe
was the first modern Bentley ‘T’, followed in 2002 by the Arnage T,
both flagship models with a distinctive sporting character and
The Azure’s already striking form is now enhanced by 20-inch 5-spoke
wheels and tyres, ‘Le Mans’ front wing vents, dark tint matrix
grille and a sculpted, retractable Flying ‘B’ mascot.
For the performance-oriented Azure T, the twin-turbocharged V8
engine produces 500bhp and 1000 Nm of torque – an 11 per cent
increase in power and a 14 per cent increase in torque over its
450bhp/875 Nm Azure stable mate.
The famous Bentley wave of torque is even more prodigious than
before and performance is significantly raised with a top speed of
179 mph (288 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of just 5.2 seconds (0-100
km/h in 5.5 sec). Member of the Board, Sales and Marketing, Stuart
“The new Azure T reflects our passion for creating the world’s most
exhilarating and prestigious convertibles that, true to the Bentley
T tradition, blend sophistication with a powerful presence.”
BENTLEY AZURE T – NEWS IN BRIEF
Exterior design styling
changes, as standard, include:
five-spoke ‘Bright Finish’ alloy wheels
-- Retractable ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot
-- Dark tint matrix upper and lower grilles
-- ‘Le Mans’ lower front wing air vents
-- Bentley ‘Jewel’ fuel filler cap
-- Twin exhaust tail pipes
-- Choice of 42 exterior paint colours
enhancements, as standard, include:
-- Diamond quilting
to seats and door panels
-- Drilled alloy brake and accelerator pedals
-- ‘Engine-turned’ aluminium finish to fascia
-- Instrument faces in black
-- Embroidered ‘Bentley’ emblems to front seats and rear seat
-- Choice of 8 unbleached veneers and 25 hides from full Bentley
-- Knurled finish to: organ stops, mirror adjustors, door
handles (interior and exterior), light switch and seat lumbar
-- Knurled & chromed gear knob
Further enhancements to
the standard Azure T specification include:
Large display audio
head unit with Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot
Hide covered boot rail
Further enhancements to the
Azure T optional specification include:
‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio system delivering the world’s best
in-car sound stage and featuring 10 speakers, a dual channel sub-woofer
and an 1100 Watt amplifier, plus eight individual Digital Signal
Processor (DSP) modes to reproduce true emotions and a ‘live’
-- Arnage T powertrain
with 6¾ litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 500bhp and 1000
Nm of torque – increases of 11% and 14 % respectively
-- Top speed raised to 179 mph (288 km/h).
-- 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds).
-- Acceleration to 100 mph cut to 12.1 seconds (0-160 km/h in 12.0
-- Six-speed ZF automatic transmission with sophisticated locking
torque converter provides fast yet ultra-smooth gearshifts
-- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) logic system improves
dynamic response and handling with less intrusive intervention when
a reduction in grip is detected
-- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fitted as standard
A UNIQUE OPEN-TOP
Based on the Azure, the
Azure T offers a range of discreet exterior cues that further enhance
its powerful stance and hint at its increased performance potential. Key
ingredients of its distinctive appearance include design features
20-inch five-spoke, two-piece alloy wheels and ‘Le Mans’ lower front
wing air vents.
Further distinguishing points from the Azure are standard features such
as dark-tinted upper and lower grilles, ‘jewel’ fuel filler cap (made
from billet aluminium) and door mirror mountings finished in body colour.
Like the Bentley Brooklands, the Azure T sports the iconic Flying ‘B’
mascot, which can retract neatly into the grille surround. Originally
designed by motoring artist F. Gordon Crosby, the ‘B’ was first used on
the 1930 Bentley 8-Litre.
With exterior lines that echo visual elements of the Bentley Mk.6 from
1946, the Azure was enthusiastically received on its original debut as a
concept car at the Los Angeles Show in January 2005. Now, as the Azure T
makes its own ‘debut’ at LA, Raul Pires, Manager of Exterior design for
Bentley Motors, notes:
“The Azure’s proportions provided us with the ideal platform to work
with when creating the new Azure T. The prominent haunches and
‘supermodel’ body inspired our designers to create a new interpretation
of a Bentley convertible with the accent placed on a more muscular,
Bentley’s designers highlight the 1955 Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupé and
1995 Azure as the main influences for the current Azure and Azure T.
Like the ’50s convertible, the car has a deep body with a single feature
line that runs along both flanks and rises at the powerful rear haunches
before spearing off at the rear of the car. Similarly, the Azure T’s
fast and flowing roofline is echoed in its seven-bow canvas roof that
gives the car a visible sporting profile when raised.
Prominent wheel arches grace a slender, narrowing boot that results in a
‘horse shoe’ trailing edge. This elegant shape is reminiscent of the
first Crewe-built Bentley, the Mk.6, and the overall effect is a subtle
hint at the power and performance that lies beneath the Azure T’s
Delicate brightware detailing accentuates the flowing lines of the Azure
T and this includes rear tail-lamp bezels, exhaust finishes and slender
strips that run the length of the car.
Significant time and effort has gone into making the Azure T’s folding
roof attractive as well as highly functional. Operated hydraulically at
the touch of a switch, the impressive, three-layer canvas roof is
elegantly stowed beneath the rear parcel shelf in a matter of 25
seconds. Because the roof is held in a separate well area, there is no
impact on the generous boot space which was designed to hold two sets of
golf clubs and hand luggage.
FROM MIGHTY V8
The engine and transmission
of the Azure T are identical to those already employed in the
high-performance Arnage T and Arnage Final Series saloons. In this
specification, Bentley’s remarkable all-aluminium 6¾ litre V8 engine
produces 500 bhp (507PS/373kW) and 1000 Nm (738lb ft) of torque – with
over 90 per cent of that torque available between 1,800 and 3,800
rev/min – figures that ensure the signature Bentley ‘wave of torque’
delivers effortless performance for a unique open-top convertible
Each of these hand-made V8 engines comes with a black-finish air intake
manifold bearing the signature of the team leader who oversaw its
construction by Bentley technicians in the Crewe factory. The six-speed
ZF automatic transmission ensures optimum flexibility, response and
refinement. Three transmission modes (Drive, Sport and Manual) allow the
driver to take full advantage of the powerful 500 bhp V8 engine.
A sophisticated electronic management system provides fast yet smooth
gearshifts regardless of how the car is being driven. Another important
feature of the latest Azure T is the separation of the sports suspension
and sports gearbox settings, allowing the driver to select their
preference for each system independently – via a ‘Sport’ switch on the
dashboard for the suspension and by positioning the gearlever for the
transmission’s Sport mode.
Bentley’s V8 guarantees outstanding performance levels. From standstill,
acceleration to 60 mph is achieved in just 5.2 seconds (0-100 km/h 5.5
seconds), 100 mph reached in 12.1 seconds (160 km/h in 12.0 seconds) and
a top speed of 179 mph (288 km/h) is possible.
SUPERB RIDE AND AWESOME BRAKING
The Azure’s double wishbone
front and rear suspension is carried over to the Azure T unaltered.
Set-up and fine-tuned to give a refined ride that best suits the
character of this convertible Bentley, the system features coil springs
with computer-controlled, adaptive electro-hydraulic dampers and
automatic ride-height control with auto-load compensation.
The Azure T’s suspension delivers impressive body control in all driving
conditions, while the new five-spoke, two-piece 8.5J x 20-inch Sports
alloy wheels with 255/40 ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tyres further improve
handling and road holding.
As an option, Azure T owners may specify an upgraded braking system with
carbon/silicon carbide, cross-drilled brake ventilated discs. Measuring
420 x 40 mm (front) and 356 x 28 mm (rear), these discs are the largest
fitted to any production car on sale today. With eight-piston callipers,
the brakes provide impressive deceleration and also give an 8 kg
reduction in unsprung weight, benefiting steering response, ride
suppleness and acceleration.
This lightweight braking system ensures virtually fade-free use, time
after time, and superb resistance to disc distortion under high thermal
conditions. Under normal use, the brake discs will last the lifetime of
the car and pad life is doubled compare to the standard system.
For Azure T and its Bentley stable mates, the Traction Control system is
calibrated with the aim of avoiding all unnecessary reductions in engine
torque. The ESP logic system, which is set up to allow spirited handling
without any reduction in stability or safety, monitors the car’s overall
stability rather than simply loss of grip to the wheels. This reduces
the amount of intervention required and restores power earlier and more
progressively, allowing the power of the Azure T’s V8 engine to be fully
The Bentley Azure T enjoys an 11 per cent power and 14 per cent torque
increase compared with Azure and the strength and stiffness of the
original chassis are such that no changes were deemed necessary, as
Brian Gush, Director of Powertrain and Chassis, explains:
“The Azure chassis has always had an immense potential and this enables
us to offer the extra power of our 500 bhp V8 engine and the
driver-focused qualities of a true Bentley T without compromising ride
Compared with the Arnage, the Azure T benefits from significant
stiffening members. These strengthened steel parts lie in the sill
section of the car and extend into the A-pillars that form the
windscreen frame. Beneath the front and rear of the Azure, carbon fibre
cross-bracing members reinforce the whole bodyshell, while adding far
less weight than steel.
Strengthening has also been applied to the body structure behind the
rear seats where an advanced rollover protection system is fitted. This
immediately detects if the car is in danger of inverting and deploys two
hoops that are integrated within the rear headrests. In conjunction with
the strengthened front windscreen frame, these are capable of supporting
2.5 times the entire weight of an over-turned car.
Befitting its role as a new
Bentley flagship convertible, the Azure T embodies a range of standard
features that were previously unavailable or only available as cost
options on the Azure. The seats and door panels have Diamond Quilting,
the fascia features an ‘engine-turned’ aluminium finish (reminiscent of
1920s racing Bentleys), and the instrument faces are finished in Black
rather than Parchment.
Bentley emblems are embroidered on the front seat backs and the rear
seat centre, an iPod/USB interface is provided, while the full range of
Bentley’s premium veneers is available, a knurled finish is applied to
several handles and switches and a knurled, chrome gear knob is fitted.
The new Azure T will have a strong appeal to Bentley customers, as
Trevor Gay, Personal Commissioning Manager at Mulliner (Bentley’s
specialist commissioning department), explains:
“The Azure has always stood apart from the rest of the Bentley range and
the higher-performance Azure T will allow customers the opportunity to
use the Mulliner service to create a bespoke convertible to their exact
Although many of the most desirable Mulliner options are included in
Azure T as standard, Bentley anticipates that the majority of buyers
will request additional enhancements. Inside, the Azure T is everything
customers would expect of a bespoke Bentley, offering the highest levels
of hand-craftsmanship to a small, discerning audience. The interior
offers a spacious, luxurious cabin to provide the ultimate in
first-class, open-top travel for four adults.
As in every Bentley, craftsmanship and bespoke finishing are to the
fore. Every item of trim, be it veneer, hide or chromed bezel, uses
Azure T is available in the full Bentley range of 42 exterior colours,
25 interior hides, and the full range of premium veneers, plus the
comprehensive line-up of Mulliner options and its bespoke colour-matching
service that enable Bentley owners to create a uniquely personal car.
Of course, the nature of a convertible means that its interior is often
on display as much as its exterior and Bentley’s design team knew that
the Azure T’s spacious cabin should make a strong a statement.
Consequently, warm and inviting leather hide extend past the seats and
onto the parcel shelf and this emphasises the dimensions of the rear
A new audio head unit with larger display screen and an SD (secure
digital) memory card slot instead of the single CD slot is fitted. At
the rear, a new hide-covered boot rail with coordinated leather trim and
a chrome strip along the top edge gives the load area a tidier, premium
All Azure T models come with an iPod Interface linked to the
Infotainment system, enabling customers to play their favourite music
through the car’s audio system. The system is supplied with connectors
for iPod, USB, Mini USB and a 3.5 mm AUX jack and includes a 12 volt
power outlet for charging purposes.
As an option, Azure T buyers can specify the Naim for Bentley premium
audio system. Created in partnership with Bentley by Naim Audio, a
UK-based high end hi-fi manufacturer, this system features 10 speakers,
a dual-channel sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, plus eight
individual DSP modes to reproduce true emotions and a ‘live’
In Azure T the sub-woofers are located in the rear passenger footwells
and contained within a special enclosure to ensure the sound of this
pure music remains within the open cabin.