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There are seemingly two rather different types of Bentley Azure buyer. The first is the more traditional country club set, probably wearing tweed, possibly English and without question worth somewhere between 4 million and 1 gajillion dollars. The second is more of the young-blood, showbiz-money set, probably in search of 22-inch wheels, possibly Ja Rule and without question worth somewhere between 4 million and 1 gajillion dollars. At least they have something in common. Well, that and their mutual admiration for 6,000-pound, 18-foot-long ultra-luxury British convertibles.
There have been two generations of Bentley Azure, neither of which has represented anything close to cutting-edge automotive design. Yet, for the rare few who take an Azure home to their presumably multicar garage, this lack of engineering innovation will be an acceptable trade-off for owning something so unabashedly large, quintessentially British and bejeweled.
Used Bentley Azure Models
After a three-year hiatus, the Bentley Azure returned all-new for 2007, although that's a relative term considering its architecture dates back to 1998 and its engine to the 1950s. Little has changed since its reintroduction in regards to styling and feature content. Notable additions have been limited to optional features that include carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels and the Naim sound system (all of which were introduced in 2009). For the 2010 model year, the Azure T replaced the standard Azure, bringing with it an increase in power of 50 hp and 95 lb-ft of torque. Many features that were previously optional were also included as standard.
The previous-generation Bentley Azure was built from 1995-2003. Although looking very similar to the current car, it was, in fact, based on the old Continental coupe. It did, however, also feature Bentley's 6.75-liter turbocharged V8 -- albeit before Volkswagen spent $165 million to modernize it. This Azure was offered in two versions: regular Azure and the Azure Mulliner introduced for 1999. These two cars both made 400 hp and differed only in visual details and some equipment. During its nine-year run, fewer than 1,500 Azures were sold, so finding a used one may require searching through more than one issue of the duPont Registry.