2001 Bentley Azure Reviews
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 isnt 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.
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.
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.