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  Bentley Azure Final Series

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2003
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionOver generations the convertible Bentley has evolved from the highly individual coach built cars of the marque's early years; through the glamorous, high performance Continentals of the 1950s and early 1960s to the highly successful Mulliner Park Ward built cars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; but it was with the arrival of the Azure in the 1990s that the convertible Bentley reached its apotheosis.

The Bentley Azure is an example of British craftsmanship and engineering at its most enjoyable. Based on the highly successful Continental R and introduced in the mid-1990s it offers the demanding driver the charm of open topped motoring allied to out-and-out supercar performance. But much more than that, it offers a unique feeling, a life-enhancing experience, that no list of figures relating to torque (more Newton Metres than an entire college of physics professors could use), horsepower (400 plus) and top speed (illegal almost everywhere in the world) could ever convey.

The Bentley Azure is entirely beyond any form of practical justification. Nobody can possibly claim to need one of these cars and yet, paradoxically, we all need the Bentley Azure. After all what would life be without its dreams and fantasies?

Driver, co-driver and passengers enjoy the unique cosseting and cocooning environment that only a thoroughbred Crewe-built Bentley can deliver. The ergonomically shaped rear seats topped with the rounded waist rail that blends seamlessly into the sinuous lines of the Azure's muscular haunches, seem to hold passengers in an embrace. In the front, if the co-driver tires of scenery flitting by in a blur, he or she can sate the senses; luxuriating in the lush lambs wool rugs, the hand stitched hide, and the rich polished wood veneer.

The Final Series Azure is the apogee of the convertible Bentley; a mighty technical and artistic achievement that is the true heir of great open Bentleys that conveyed the playboys and pleasure seekers of generations past to their sun-soaked villas. This is the car to take you to Palm Beach or St Tropez, Monte Carlo or Portofino; this is the car with which to soak up the seemingly endless coastal roads of California or savour the Corniches of the Cote d'Azur. The Azure is a car equally at home purring along the Croisette of Cannes as it is thundering along the Autoroute du Soleil; or taking its owner shopping in Milan and then snaking round the sinuous Alpine passes of Northern Italy and Switzerland.

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