Just earlier this year, Bentley had outlined its ‘green’ strategy at the Geneva Motor Show with its main goal being to reduce fleet-emissions by 15 percent by 2012. Well, with the release of its new 2009 Bentley Azure T, Bentley is not mentioning fuel-economy or emissions anywhere. However, it is mentioning an 11 percent increase in power and a 14 percent increase in torque over its Azure stable mate.
The 2009 Bentley Azure T offers an open-top, elegant and powerful experience to Bentley customers. Power comes from an all-aluminium 6¾ liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 500-hp with a peak torque of 738 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Azure T goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (0 to 62 mph in 5.5) with a top speed of 179 mph. The transmission also offers three driving models including Drive, Sport and Manual
For a more luxury appearance Bentley has added Le Mans front wing vents, dark tint matrix grille and 20-inch 5-spoke wheels. And of course your coolness level will go up with the signature Bentley retractable Flying ‘B’ mascot on the hood.
The 2009 Bentley Azure T will make its world debut at the 2008 LA Auto Show next week. Make sure you join us on Nov. 19th for live coverage from LA.
Follow the jump for the high-res image gallery and more info on the Bentley Azure T.
2009 Bentley Azure T:
BENTLEY AZURE T ““ IN BRIEF
– Exterior design styling changes, as standard, include:
20-inch five-spoke “˜Bright Finish” alloy wheels
Retractable “˜Flying B” bonnet mascot
Dark tint matrix upper and lower grilles
“˜Le Mans” lower front wing air vents
Bentley “˜Jewel” fuel filler cap
Twin exhaust tail pipes
Choice of 42 exterior paint colours
– Interior design enhancements, as standard, include:
Diamond quilting to seats and door panels
Drilled alloy brake and accelerator pedals
“˜Engine-turned” aluminium finish to fascia
Instrument faces in black
Embroidered “˜Bentley” emblems to front seats and rear seat centre
Choice of 8 unbleached veneers and 25 hides from full Bentley range
Knurled finish to: organ stops, mirror adjustors, door handles (interior and exterior), light switch and seat lumbar controls
Knurled & chromed gear knob
– Further enhancements to the standard Azure T specification include:
Large display audio head unit with Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot
Hide covered boot rail
– Further enhancements to the Azure T optional specification include:
“˜Naim for Bentley” premium audio system delivering the world”s best in-car sound stage and featuring 10 speakers, a dual channel sub-woofer and an 1100 Watt amplifier, plus eight individual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) modes to reproduce true emotions and a “˜live” concert-like experience.