2001 Bentley Azure

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of the 2001 Bentley Azure. Base trim shown.

2001 Bentley Azure Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Though Bentley is best known for building sumptuous sedans in which the owner rides in the back while someone else drives, the company also builds cars that more sporting owners might prefer to drive.

Those cars would be the Continental R two-door coupe and the companion Azure convertible, which Bentley says can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds — despite a hefty curb weight of more than 5,400 pounds — and top out at 150 mph.

If that isn’t enough, Bentley offers higher performance Mulliner versions of both. The top speed is 155 mph on the Azure Mulliner and 170 mph on the Continental R Mulliner.



Exterior
At 210 inches long, the Continental R and Azure — which share the same design as the Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible — are a few inches longer than the Cadillac DeVille and 5 inches shorter than the Lincoln Town Car. A stately stainless-steel grille dominates the front styling on both.

Mulliner versions come with 18-inch wheels and tires — instead of the 17-inch wheels used on the base models — wheel-arch flares, front air dams and a wire-mesh grille. The power convertible top on the Azure stores beneath a flush-fitting panel behind the seats.



Interior
All models seat four, with body-hugging sport seats covered in two-tone leather upholstery. Buyers can choose from several different types of interior wood trim. The power front seats automatically move forward when the backrest is tilted to allow easier entry and exit to the rear, and t...
Vehicle Overview
Though Bentley is best known for building sumptuous sedans in which the owner rides in the back while someone else drives, the company also builds cars that more sporting owners might prefer to drive.

Those cars would be the Continental R two-door coupe and the companion Azure convertible, which Bentley says can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds — despite a hefty curb weight of more than 5,400 pounds — and top out at 150 mph.

If that isn’t enough, Bentley offers higher performance Mulliner versions of both. The top speed is 155 mph on the Azure Mulliner and 170 mph on the Continental R Mulliner.



Exterior
At 210 inches long, the Continental R and Azure — which share the same design as the Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible — are a few inches longer than the Cadillac DeVille and 5 inches shorter than the Lincoln Town Car. A stately stainless-steel grille dominates the front styling on both.

Mulliner versions come with 18-inch wheels and tires — instead of the 17-inch wheels used on the base models — wheel-arch flares, front air dams and a wire-mesh grille. The power convertible top on the Azure stores beneath a flush-fitting panel behind the seats.



Interior
All models seat four, with body-hugging sport seats covered in two-tone leather upholstery. Buyers can choose from several different types of interior wood trim. The power front seats automatically move forward when the backrest is tilted to allow easier entry and exit to the rear, and the seats have four memory positions.



Under the Hood
All models use a turbocharged 6.7-liter Bentley V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The Continental R and Azure are powered with 400 horsepower, and the Mulliner versions come with 420 hp.All models come with automatic ride control, traction control and antilock brakes.

 
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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Azure received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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