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2010-04-29 05:33

Major-minor headlight arrangement has its detractors. The lines are still epic though, especially on this rendering of what the Azure should look like.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Bentley
Model Azure convertible
Engine 6.75l V8
Power 370kW
Torque 1 020Nm
Transmission Eight-speed auto
Although you may find the new Bentley Mulsanne’s bug-eyed styling appealing, perhaps you prefer to navigate your way to southern France (or Bakoven in Cape Town) at the mercy of the elements.

Well, the first (un)official images of Bentley’s ultimate soft-top, a canvas roof version of the new Mulsanne, have surfaced and it looks even better (and more aristocratic) than the limousine it will supposedly be based on.

The new soft-top is set to compete with the Continental GT convertible for the markets' affections.

It also spins off a second variant on the latest Mulsanne platform, which makes sense considering the tooling costs involved whenever Crewe engineers something.

Insiders expect the new car to inherit the Azure moniker, which denotes one of the most luxurious experiences one can buy in terms of four-door convertible motoring.

Five decades old, yet it remains a great British engineering institution. Contemporary components lessen emission footprint and give up 1 020Nm. Nice.

Old school V8 power

Like the Mulsanne limousine, Azure will cue very traditional Bentley design details. These include the iconic 6.75l twin-turbo V8 engine configuration – a displacement which harks back to the brand’s cars from the 1960s.

Despite its size and weight (due to the elaborate cabin trimmings), expect the Azure to be good for a benchmark 0-100km/h sprint in just over five seconds, thanks to the monumental urge courtesy of its 370kW power peak.

Both overtaking and cruising capabilities should prove to be outstanding too, due to the presence of ZF’s highly sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission and 1 020Nm of peak rotational force being on call from the mighty 6.75l twin-turbo V8.

When the Azure comes to market in the US and Europe early next year customers can expect to be confronted by a dazzling variety of trim colour combinations, wood veneer finishes and some of the most immaculate paintwork ever lacquered onto a car’s surfacing.

Although funded with VW money, the forthcoming Azure convertible will offer the very best in classic British four-door open-topped aristocratic motoring.

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