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13 MPG
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Vehicle Overview
The Azure convertible has a power top that stows beneath a hard cover behind the seats. The Azure and Continental R both weigh about 5,400 pounds and measure 210 inches long. Both use a turbocharged, 400-hp, 6.75-liter V-8 engine that teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Bentley also offers higher-performance Mulliner versions of both the Continental R and Azure and continues to list a shorter-wheelbase Continental T coupe with a lowered suspension. Each of those models is fitted with a 420-hp version of the 6.75-liter V-8.

Like Rolls-Royce, Bentley has long been known for producing sumptuous sedans, in which the owner rides in back while a chauffeur does the driving. But the top-end British company also builds cars that are intended to be driven, by those who are more sport-minded.

For the time being, Bentley and Rolls-Royce retain their original ownership, and production continues in Crewe, England. But this will change on Jan. 1, 2003, when Volkswagen assumes ownership of Bentley and BMW takes over the management of Rolls-Royce. Until then, the company’s current owners will produce, sell and service both marques worldwide.

Exterior
Both the coupe and convertible are 210.8 inches long and share the same design as the Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible. The coupe and convertible are a few inches longer than the Cadillac DeVille and 5 inches shorter than the Lincoln Town Car. Both body styles are 74 inches wide (across the wheel arches) and stan...
Vehicle Overview
The Azure convertible has a power top that stows beneath a hard cover behind the seats. The Azure and Continental R both weigh about 5,400 pounds and measure 210 inches long. Both use a turbocharged, 400-hp, 6.75-liter V-8 engine that teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Bentley also offers higher-performance Mulliner versions of both the Continental R and Azure and continues to list a shorter-wheelbase Continental T coupe with a lowered suspension. Each of those models is fitted with a 420-hp version of the 6.75-liter V-8.

Like Rolls-Royce, Bentley has long been known for producing sumptuous sedans, in which the owner rides in back while a chauffeur does the driving. But the top-end British company also builds cars that are intended to be driven, by those who are more sport-minded.

For the time being, Bentley and Rolls-Royce retain their original ownership, and production continues in Crewe, England. But this will change on Jan. 1, 2003, when Volkswagen assumes ownership of Bentley and BMW takes over the management of Rolls-Royce. Until then, the company’s current owners will produce, sell and service both marques worldwide.

Exterior
Both the coupe and convertible are 210.8 inches long and share the same design as the Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible. The coupe and convertible are a few inches longer than the Cadillac DeVille and 5 inches shorter than the Lincoln Town Car. Both body styles are 74 inches wide (across the wheel arches) and stand 57.6 inches tall.

Up front on both models is the stately, stainless steel Bentley grille. Mulliner versions feature 18-inch wheels and tires vs. the 17-inchers found on the regular models. Mulliner coupes and convertibles also have wheel-arch flares, front air dams and a wire-mesh grille. The Azure’s power convertible top stows beneath a flush-fitting panel behind the rear seats.

Interior
All two-door Bentley models seat four occupants in a truly posh environment. Body-hugging sport seats are upholstered in two-tone leather. Buyers can choose from several types of interior wood trim. Power front seats move forward automatically when the backrest is tilted, which allows easier entry and exit to and from the rear seats. Seats have four memory positions.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 6.75-liter Bentley V-8 engine powers all two-door models and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The V-8 in the Continental R and Azure makes 400 hp and a whopping 616 pounds-feet of torque, while the Mulliner editions pack a 420-hp version of that power plant.

Bentley claims the Continental R and Azure can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of about 150 mph. The higher-performance Mulliner editions can move even faster. All two-door Bentley models have antilock brakes, traction control and automatic ride control, as well as pretensioners on the front seat belts.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 2/27/02

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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.

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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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