Bentley Azure T Revealed Ahead official Debut at the L.A. Show (photo)

12 11 2008

Bentley introduces new Azure T convertible, which will be debut at the L.A. Auto Show. Like the Arnage T, the new Azure T skin a 6.75-liter V8 engine which produces 500 bhp and 1000 Nm (738lb ft) of torque. This will permit the mammoth convertible to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and access a top tempo of 179 mph.


The outdoor skin mammoth 20-creep five-beam alloy wheels, a retractable Flying B’ boater mascot, night highlight matrix inserts on the superior and inferior grilles, reduce air vents, dual exhaust and a pick of 42 exterior paint colors. As one would suppose from a Bentley the interior gets sumptuous touches such as lozenge quilted seats and door shear, drilled alloy brake and accelerator reins, an aluminum polish fascia, iPod and USB connectivity, and a range of eight different copse veneers and 25 leather hides.

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To give the new Azure T a vaguely sportier dynamic experience, Bentley replaced the Azure‘s tires with new 255/40 ZR20 Pirelli P Zero rubber for enhanced managing and path asset. Potential owners can opt to have their Azure T equipped with an upgraded braking procedure which skin 420 x 40 mm front and 356 x 28 mm rear carbon/silicon carbide intersect-drilled ventilated discs, the main ever fixed to a production car.


• The world’s most elegant four-seat convertible now with 500bhp Azure T pattern

• Azure T delivers exhilarating, taste-chief performance

• Unique Bentley ‘T’ styling cues buttress the glossy, generous stance of the Azure


Stylish and potent, the new Bentley Azure T is the world’s most elegant convertible and destined to become a coming classic. With release Bentley ‘T’ styling cues reinforcing its fair stance, the 500bhp Azure T delivers driver-alert performance with the ability to bring four adults in first-lecture, open-top luxury.

The new Azure T, precise with the high performance type of Crewe’s iconic 6¾ litre V8 engine, is the newest in a line of Bentley models to suffer the ‘T’ legend. The 1996 Continental vehicle was the first fresh Bentley ‘T’, followed in 2002 by the Arnage T, both flagship models with a distinctive generous plea and thunderous performance.

The Azure’s already beautiful form is now enhanced by 20-boundary 5-beam wheels and tyres, ‘Le Mans’ front wing vents, shade matrix fence and a sculpted, retractable Flying ‘B’ amulet.

For the performance-oriented Azure T, the twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces 500bhp and 1000 Nm of torque – an 11 percent intensify in promise and a 14 percent fuel in torque over its 450bhp/875 Nm Azure steady mate.

The prominent Bentley waved of torque is even more prodigious than before, and performance is significantly raised with a top tempo 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 McCullough comments:

“The new Azure T reflects our passion for creating the world’s most exhilarating and prestigious convertibles that, dedicated to the Bentley T tradition, combine sophistication with a stanch existence.”


• Exterior model styling changes, as ordinary, embrace:
20-tone five-strut ‘Bright Finish’ alloy wheels
Retractable ‘Flying B’ bonnet mascot
Dark shade matrix high and junior grilles
‘Le Mans’ drop front wing air vents
Bentley ‘Jewel’ fuel wadding cap
Twin exhaust tail pipes
Choice of 42 external paint colours
• Interior devise enhancements, as measure, embrace:
Diamond quilting to seats and door panels
Drilled alloy brake and accelerator joystick
‘Engine-curved’ aluminium texture to fascia
Instrument faces in black
Embroidered ‘Bentley’ emblems to front seats and rear seat centre
iPod/USB boundary
Choice of 8 unbleached veneers and 25 hides from plump Bentley limit
Knurled veneer to: organ stops, mirror adjustors, door handles (interior and outside), light swop and seat lumbar pedals
Knurled & chromed gear handle
• Farther enhancements to the level Azure T specification include:
Large pageant audio precede section with Secure Digital (SD) recall license slot
Hide sheltered gumboot rail
• Farther enhancements to the Azure T elective specification include:
‘Naim for Bentley’ premium audio structure delivering the world’s best in-car sound podium and featuring 10 speakers, a dual path sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, positive eight individual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) modes to mimic dutiful emotions and a ‘live’ concert-like experience.
• Arnage T powertrain with 6¾ litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 500bhp and 1000 Nm of torque – increases of 11% and 14 % respectively
• Top pace 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 seconds).
• Six-haste ZF preset transmission with sophisticated locking torque converter provides rapidly yet specially-shiny gearshifts
• Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) judgment approach improves dynamic reaction and behavior with fewer meddling intervention when a decrease in grip is detected
• Tyre Pressure Monitoring System fixed as mean


Based on the Azure, the Azure T offers an extent of prudent external cues that foster enhance its distinct stance and element at its amplified performance latent. Key ingredients of its distinctive appearance include invent skin 20-edge five-spoke, two-fragment alloy wheels and ‘Le Mans’ drop front wing air vents.

Farther distinguishing points from the Azure benchmark skin such as obscurity-dyed superior and lower grilles, ‘gemstone’ fuel packing cap (made from billet aluminium) and door mirror mountings varnished in body colour.

Like the Bentley Brooklands, the Azure T sports the iconic Flying ‘B’ mascot, which can retract neatly into the border surround. Originally intended by motoring dancer F. Gordon Crosby, the ‘B’ was first used on the 1930 Bentley 8-Litre.

With outside outline that echo visual basics of the Bentley Mk.6 from 1946, the Azure was enthusiastically received on its inventive entrance as an idea car at the Los Angeles Show in January 2005. Now, as the Azure T makes its own ‘unveiling’ at LA, Raul Pires, Manager of Exterior mean for Bentley Motors, remarks:

“The Azure’s proportions provided us with the archetype platform to work with when creating the new Azure T. The prominent haunches and ‘supermodel’ body inspired our designers to craft a new interpretation of a Bentley convertible with the accent placed on a more moving, fair stance.”

Bentley’s designers highlight the 1955 Park Ward S1 Drophead Coupé and 1995 Azure as the major influences for the tide Azure and Azure T. Like the ’50s convertible, the car has a yawning body with a distinct present line that runs along both flanks and rises at the sturdy rear haunches before spearing off at the rear of the car. Similarly, the Azure T’s immediate and flowing roofline is echoed in its seven-bow picture roof that gives the car an evident sporting profile when raised.

Prominent veer arches clemency a willowy, tapering gumboot that fallout in a ‘stallion shoe’ trailing edge. This elegant shape is reminiscent of the first Crewe-built Bentley, the Mk.6, and the global effect is a cunning help at the brawn and performance that falsehood beneath the Azure T’s armature.

Delicate brightware detailing accentuates the flowing lines of the Azure T and this includes rear tail-lamp bezels, exhaust finishes and lean strips that run the segment of the car.

Significant time and effort have vanished into making the Azure T’s folding roof attractive as well as very functional. Operated hydraulically at the stroke of a button, the impressive, three-layer canvas roof is stylishly stowed beneath the rear plot ridge in a subject of 25 seconds. Because the roof is held in a discreet well field, there is no effect on the generous wader pause which was planned to detain two sets of golf clubs and hand luggage.


The engine and transmission of the Azure T are equal 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 percent of that torque offered between 1,800 and 3,800 rev/min – figures that guarantee the signature Bentley ‘wave of torque’ delivers effortless performance for a sole open-top convertible powerful experience.

Each of these hand-made V8 engines comes with a black-close air intake diverse bearing the signature of the group move who oversaw its construction by Bentley technicians in the Crewe factory. The six-zoom ZF regular transmission ensures best flexibility, rejoinder and refinement. Three transmission modes (Drive, Sport and Manual) permit the driver to take broad help of the powerful 500 bhp V8 engine.

A sophisticated electronic management practice provides tight yet flatten gearshifts regardless of how the car is being motivated. Another important story of the hottest Azure T is the separation of the sports suspension and sports gearbox settings, allowing the driver to pick their preference for each approach independently – via a ‘Sport’ bump on the dashboard for the suspension and by positioning the gearlever for the transmission’s Sport genre.

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 rate of 179 mph (288 km/h) is likely.


The Azure’s magnify wishbone front and rear suspension is accepted over to the Azure T unaltered. Set-up and payment-tuned to give a refined outing that best suits the eccentric of this convertible Bentley, the usage skin coil springs with computer-controlled, adaptive electro-hydraulic dampers and automatic provoke-height curb with sedan-oppress compensation.

The Azure T’s suspension delivers impressive body dominate in all energetic conditions, while the new five-spoke, two-model 8.5J x 20-inch Sports alloy wheels with 255/40 ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tyres advance upgrade managing and highway share.

As an option, Azure T owners may identify an upgraded braking scheme with carbon/silicon carbide, obstruct-drilled brake ventilated discs. Measuring 420 x 40 mm (front) and 356 x 28 mm (rear), these discs are the principal integral to any production car on selling nowadays. With eight-piston callipers, the brakes impart impressive deceleration and give an 8 kg decrease in unsprung emphasis, benefiting steering reaction, badger suppleness and acceleration.

This lightweight braking technique ensures nearly wither-limitless use, time after time, and superb resistance to album distortion under high thermal conditions. Under normal use, the brake discs will last the lifetime of the car and pad life is doubled evaluate to the average structure.

For Azure T and its Bentley stable mates, the Traction Control practice is calibrated with the aim of avoiding all unnecessary reductions in engine torque. The ESP logic practiced, which is set up to tolerate energetic handling lacking any drop in stability or shelter, monitors the car’s overall stability instead than plainly trouncing of grip to the wheels. This reduces the quantity of intervention essential and restores right former and more progressively, allowing the force of the Azure T’s V8 engine to be abundant exploited.

The Bentley Azure T enjoys an 11 percent muscle and 14 percent torque increase compared with Azure and the potency and solidity of the novel framework are such that no changes were deemed vital, as Brian Gush, Director of Powertrain and Chassis, explains:

“The Azure hulk has forever had an immense potential and this enables us to tender the farther command of our 500 bhp V8 engine and the driver-focused qualities of a rightful Bentley T without compromising ride comfort.”

Compared with the Arnage, the Azure T profit from significant stiffening members. These strengthened steel parts lie in the sill section of the car and broaden into the, A-pillars that form the windscreen trap. Beneath the front and rear of the Azure, carbon fibre fractious-cold members buttress the entirety bodyshell, while adding far less mass than steel.

Strengthening has also been applied to the body structure behind the rear seats where a difficult rollover protection order is integral. This immediately detects if the car is in chance of inverting and deploys two jewels that are integrated within the rear headrests. With the strengthened front windscreen frame, these are capable of supporting 2.5 times the intact stress of an over-turned car.


Befitting its part as a new Bentley flagship convertible, the Azure T embodies a scope of level features that were previously unavailable or only open as sacrifice options on the Azure. The seats and door panel have Diamond Quilting, the fascia features an ‘engine-turned’ aluminium complete (reminiscent of 1920s racing Bentleys), and the instrument faces are ended in Black very than Parchment.

Bentley emblems are embroidered on the front seat backs and the rear seat centre, an iPod/USB interface is provided, while the ample reach of Bentley’s premium veneers is existing, knurled cessation is applied to several handles and switches and a knurled, chrome gear knob is fitted.

The new Azure T will have a robust 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 relax of the Bentley variety and the advanced-performance Azure T will permit customers the opportunity to use the Mulliner tune to coin a tailored convertible to their rigorous specification.”

Although many of the most popular Mulliner options are included in Azure T as customary, Bentley expects that the bulk of buyers will appeal additional enhancements. Inside, the Azure T is everything customers would think of a bespoke Bentley, present the main levels of hand craftsmanship to a small, discerning listeners. The interior offers a large, plush berth to give the final in first-category, open-top travel for four adults.

As in every Bentley, craftsmanship and bespoke dying are to the forefront. Every article of shear, be it veneer, rawhide or chromed bezel, uses authentic materials.

Azure T is available in the complete Bentley span of 42 exterior colours, 25 interior hides, and the full range of premium veneers, bonus the comprehensive line-up of Mulliner options and its bespoke colour-matching service that enable Bentley owners to create an uniquely elite car.

Of course, the spirit of a convertible means that its interior is often on flaunt as much as its exterior and Bentley’s design party knew that the Azure T’s large cottage should make a strong an account. Consequently, friendly and welcoming leather conceal extend beyond the seats and against the apportion shelf and this emphasises the dimensions of the rear compartment.

A new audio headed unit with better flaunt hide and a SD (protected digital) recall license slot instead of the single CD slot is fitted. At the rear, a new hide-covered boot rail with coordinated leather spruce and a chrome strip along the top edge gives the burden subject a tidier, premium appearance.

All Azure T models come with an iPod Interface allied to the Infotainment organism, enabling customers to play their favourite tune through the car’s audio practice. The practice is full with connectors for iPod, USB, Mini USB and a 3.5 mm AUX jack and includes a 12 volt might retailer for charging purposes.

As an option, Azure T buyers can detail the Naim for Bentley premium audio organism. Creating in partnership with Bentley by Naim Audio, a UK-based high end hi-fi manufacturer, the system features 10 speakers, a dual-trench sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, good eight individual DSP modes to replicate confirmed emotions and a ‘live’ concert-like experience.

In Azure T the sub-woofers are located in the rear passenger footwells and enclosed within a special field to guarantee the sound of this downright harmony carcass within the open cottage.




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18 11 2008


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