The Bentley Azure was launched in 1995 and based on the platform of the Continental R coupé which had been launched in 1991. Volkswagen purchased Bentley from Vickers in 1998, three years into production of the Mk.I model. Volkswagen executives decided to keep the then-current Azure in production until 2003. Production of the new Azure began for the 2006 model year. Now based on the Arnage platform, power came from the then current variant of the Bentley turbocharged V8 making 450hp and 645 lb ft of torque. New Arnage was designed for the BMW 4.4-litre engine. However, due to strained relationships between the two manufacturers, Volkswagen was forced to significantly re-work the original 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce/Bentley V8 engine in 2001, including a switch from the old single-turbo system to a modern twin-turbocharger setup, reducing turbo-lag and increasing horsepower output. A new, model-specific six-speed automatic transmission fed power to the rear wheels. Bentley claimed a 0 to 60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph, slightly faster than the previous edition and still very good for a vehicle of this size and weight.
This particular example was supplied new to the U.S.A in 1998, finished in its original combination of Royal Blue over Parchment hides, this fantastic car is one of only two 1998 model years finished in this combination. The car was bought back to the U.K in the summer of 2018, and the car is now U.K registered. Remarkably this particular example has had just 4 owners in its lifetime (3 in the USA, 1 in the U.K). The car was last serviced before it was exported to the U.K at 28,012 miles in October 2018.
The Service History is as follows:
14/01/1999 - 5,360 Miles - Rolls-Royce Specialist (Maryland, US)
11/10/1999 - 6,419 Miles - Rolls-Royce Specialist (Maryland, US)
3 Years Service - 7,805 Miles - Rolls-Royce Specialist (Maryland, US)
07/03/2006 - 9,363 Miles - Rolls-Royce Specialist (Maryland, US)
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