Bentley Azure Le Mans Series Limited Edition
In 1995, the all-new Bentley Azure Convertible was introduced, with seductive styling by Pininfarina in collaboration with Bentley’s own designers. Transcending Bentley’s luxury and refinement, the Azure was the world’s most powerful four-seat convertible – the automotive embodiment of an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Based on the Continental R and its Garrett turbocharged and intercooled 6.75-litre V8, the Azure offered about 420 hp and 645 ft-lbs of torque, propelling the nearly 2,800 kg car from rest to 100 km/h in under six seconds, en route to a top speed of 240 km/h – a stunning achievement. Production was very limited – just 1,321 cars between 1995 and 2003, of which just four Azure Le Mans Series Limited Edition examples were produced in commemoration of Bentley’s upcoming return to the famed 24-hour race. By comparison, over 130 Continental R Le Mans editions were built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
420 bhp, 6,748 cc V8 engine with digital engine control, Garrett AiResearch turbocharger with intercooler, four-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with adaptive ride control, and hydraulic anti-lock disc brakes, ventilated in front. Wheelbase: 3,061 mm (120.5")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Benson Chiu