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Bentley Azure models

 

Bentley Azure

Bentley Azure Final Series Luxury
Bentley Azure Final Series Performance

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Bentley Azure
1995 - 2002



Number manufactured

My own counting: 1,087
Some other sources: 1,088 and 1,311.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCBZK03C3SCH50801 (1995).
Last chassis number: SCBZK22E22CX01116 (2002).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

Length, width, height

534, 188, 148 cm

Kerb weight

2610 kg

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

6.6 seconds
6.3 seconds in model year 1997

Top speed

152 mph, 245 km/h
155 mph, 249 km/h in model year 1997

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- The Bentley Azure is the successor of the Bentley Continental convertible that was still based upon the Silver Shadow models.
- The Azure is technically based upon the Bentley Continental R.

Original characteristics
- The engine is the same 6750 cc V8 with turbo and intercooler as the Continental R. Power is 360 bhp.
- 17 inch wheels. 255/55 WR17 tyres.
- The power hood closes in 30 seconds.
- The interior matches with the Continental R.
- Electrically operated front seats (with memory) from the 8-series BMW-coupé with integral seat belts.

Model year 1997
- Re-styled 17 inch wheels.
- Engine specifications changed from 360 bhp at 4200 rpm to 385 bhp at 4000 rpm.

Model year 1998
- Matrix grille.
- Restyled bumpers.
- New alloy wheels.
- New upholstery style with curved pleats and partially 'ruched' leather.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Bentley Azure has:
- the letter B on the third position
- the letter K on the fifth position
- a number between 50801 and 50810 with the exception of 50803 (model year 1995)
- a number between 53601 and 53851, and number 50803 (model year 1996)
- a number between 61002 and 62662 (model years 1997 until 2001)
- a number between 01001 and 01116 (model years 2002 and 2003)
The next models have a partly overlapping identification:
- Bentley Azure Mulliner (between 61724 and 01200).
- Bentley Azure Le Mans (between 62659 and 01043).

Further details about the production and the chassis numbers
- The chassis numbers in the years 1990 up to and including 2003 are assigned in separate series per model type (often per model year as well) or in separate series per model. A model type stands for e.g. the standard saloon models (Silver Spirit, Brooklands), the long wheelbase models (Silver Spur, Bentley LWB), the 2-door coupé models (Continental R, Continental T, et cetera).
- In 1995 up to and including 1998 the Azure got a series of numbers that was not shared with other models.
- In 1999 and 2000 the numbers of the following models are mixed within the same series of numbers: Bentley Azure and Bentley Azure Mulliner.
- In 2001 and 2002 the numbers of the following models are mixed within the same series of numbers: Bentley Azure, Bentley Azure Mulliner and Bentley Azure Le Mans.

Series of numbers and unused numbers
- No number was assigned to a Bentley Azure between 50811 and 53600 and between 53852 and 61001. Other models did get numbers in this series.
- The numbers 61183 - 61500 between the model years 1997 and 1998 have not been used.
- The numbers 61862 - 61999 between the model years 1999 and 2000 have not been used.
- The numbers 62136 - 62500 between the model years 2000 and 2001 have not been used.
- No number was assigned to a Bentley Azure between 62667 and 00999. Other models did get numbers in this series.

Numbers LHD / RHD

Left-hand drive

Right-hand drive

Model year

Number

% (p yr)

Number

% (p yr)

Total

1995

5

56%

4

44%

9

1996

164

65%

87

35%

251

1997

130

71%

52

29%

182

1998

162

78%

45

22%

207

1999

126

85%

23

15%

149

2000

94

89%

12

11%

106

2001

97

87%

15

13%

112

2002

66

93%

5

7%

71

Total

844

78%

243

22%

1,087

Some chassis numbers

In the list below only the first 9 chassis numbers (model year 1995) and the last 10 (model year 2002) occur.

Model year 1995
SCBZK03C3SCH50801
SCBZK03C9SCX50802
SCBZK03C2SCX50804
SCBZK03C0SCH50805
SCBZK03C6SCX50806
SCBZK03C8SCX50807
SCBZK03CXSCX50808
SCBZK03C8SCH50809
SCBZK03C4SCH50810

Model year 2002
SCBZK22E92CX01100
SCBZK22E22CX01102
SCBZK22E62CX01104
SCBZK22E12CX01107
SCBZK25E72CH01109
SCBZK22E12CX01110
SCBZK22E52CX01112
SCBZK22E52CH01114
SCBZK22E72CH01115
SCBZK22E22CX01116



Model year 2000, from front to rear:
Bentley Azure, Bentley Continental SC,
Bentley Continental T, Bentley Continental R.





Bentley Azure, model year 1995, press photos








Bentley Azure, model year 1996, press photo (below)




Bentley Azure, model year 1997, press photo (below)




Bentley Azure, model year 1998, press photo (below)







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