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2009 Bentley Azure

  • 2009 Bentley Azure Base Convertible

    Base Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      15
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/645
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $334,990
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2009 Bentley Azure Review

A large, ultra-luxury convertible that turns heads.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2009 Bentley Azure is an ultra-luxury convertible that maintains old-fashioned elegance coupled with today’s electronic conveniences. Equipped with a 6.8-liter 450-hp V-8 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, it offers the power and performance in a posh exterior. Bentley develops and produces vehicles that satisfy its users while never forgetting Bentley’s heritage. The 2009 Bentley Azure fits the bill on both accounts.

Standard equipment in the single trim level includes 19-inch painted alloy wheels, speed-sensitive wipers, a power convertible roof, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, four-wheel independent front and rear double wishbone suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, high pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling capability, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, driver and passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support and height adjustment, massage seats, premium leather upholstery, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, 12-volt power outlets, speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt-adjustable steering wheel with cruise control functions, interior air filtration, three-zone climate control with extended cabin heating, leather/wood interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for three drivers, tachometer, trip computer, DVD-based satellite navigation system with display screen, external temperature display, compass, and AM/FM/six-CD changer audio system with memory card slot. The Azure is pre-wired for cell phone use, and has Bluetooth connectivity.

Bentley offers an impressive array of optional exterior and interior colors, trims, and equipment. Among the options are several 20-inch wheel options, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a 1100-watt ""Naim for Bentley"" audio system that offers iPod connectivity. The Bentley Mulliner Consultants will assist you in selecting carpets, wood, and leather colors to customize your Azure.

The Range

Body styles: Two-door convertible
Engines: 6.8-liter 450-hp V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Bentley Azure

What's New

The 2009 Bentley Azure offers a new stereo system with a SD memory card slot. The navigation system’s display screen is larger this year.

Exterior

The 2009 Bentley Azure is a large two-door convertible with a power-operated cloth soft top. Despite its 212.6-inch length, it seats four. Bentley began using carbon fiber in the under-floor cross braces. This enhanced the overall body stiffness, which results in a finer riding experience. The thin chrome trim that runs the length of the car is an ideal way to draw attention to the flowing lines of the exterior.

Interior

The Bentley Azure’s exquisite interior will please the driver and passengers alike. Finely crafted and hand built, leather and wood trim gives the cabin a classic look and feel. The electronics seem out of place amidst such opulence. Burled walnut and leather give an air of elegance, and are sure to satisfy the most discriminating buyer. As a two-door, getting in and out of the back seat isn’t as easy. The hydraulically-powered convertible top lets you ride with the sun at your back or gaze at the stars on a cloudless night; you are sure to do it in style. No matter what the weather, you’ll feel pampered and comfortable inside the car. And if the weather turns bad, the top can be put up within 30 seconds.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Bentley Azure’s 6.8-liter V-8 engine generates 450 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque and a curb weight of almost 6000 pounds. But it’s not just one of the world’s most elegant convertibles - it has quick acceleration that enables it to go from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Ride quality is improved by the stability control system, carbon fiber cross braces, and the four-wheel independent suspension. Bumps are barely felt, and road noise is non-existent, despite the cloth convertible top.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes ABS, stability control, traction control, an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear side-mounted airbags, and roll bars that deploy from behind the rear seats when a sensor determines a rollover situation.

EPA Fuel Economy

Bentley Azure: 9/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Wow factor
  • Luxurious interior
  • Performance

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Price
  • Few competitors in its class

Sum Up

A large, ultra-luxury convertible that turns heads.

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