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Bentley Azure Le Mans
2001 - 2002



Number manufactured

My own counting: 4
Other sources: no numbers published.

First and last chassis number

First chassis number: SCBZK25E11CX62659 (2001).
Last chassis number: SCBZK25E72CX01043 (2002).

Dimensions, kerb weight, performance

Length, width, height

535, 195, 146 cm

Kerb weight

2470

Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h

5.7 seconds

Top speed

173 mph, 278 km/h

Characteristics and peculiarities

Backgrounds of this model
- Bentley launched two limited Le Mans editions to celebrate the occasion of Bentley's return after 71 years to racing at Le Mans. Production was planned of 50 Le Mans editions of the Continental R Mulliner and 150 of the Bentley Arnage Red label. Actually 46 copies were manufactured of the Continental R Le Mans and 154 of the Arnage Le Mans. Besides those planned models also 5 Le Mans editions were manufactured of the Continental T Le Mans and 4 of the Bentley Azure Le Mans.
- The Le Mans editions didn't replace any other model but were special editions of existing models. The Azure Le Mans was a specially enhanced edition of the Azure in Mulliner edition.

General characteristics
- 6,748 cc V8 engine with digital engine control, Garrett AiResearch turbocharger with intercooler, four-speed automatic gearbox, 420 bhp at 4000 rpm and 875 Nm at 2200 rpm.
Outside specifications
- Exclusive quad exhaust pipes.
- Ducting vents in the front wing.
- Wide wheelarches and sports bumpers.
- Red brake calipers.
- "Le Mans Series" badges on the front quarter panel.
- 5-spoke sport wheels with red brake calipers.
Inside specifications
- Unique instruments with a dark Racing Green background colour.
- "Le Mans Series" lettering on the speedometer and rev counter.
- Dark finished burr walnut on the Arnage Red Label and straight grain walnut on the Continental R with the Bentley wings etched in intricate detail and inlaid into the waist rails of the doors as well as into the dashboard.
- Winged B motifs embroidered into the headrests of the two-tone, perforated hide upholstery.
- Exclusive chrome and leather design of the gear lever.
- Drilled pedals.
- Unique treadplate plaques.
- Three unique colours: Silver Storm, Black Oriole and Le Mans Racing Green.

Production and chassis numbers

Identification of the model in the chassis number
The chassis number of a Bentley Azure Le Mans has:
- the letter B on the third position
- the letter K on the fifth position
- a number between 61724 and 62664 (model years 1999 until 2001)
- a number between 01000 and 01200 (model years 2002 and 2003)
The next models have a partly overlapping identification:
- Bentley Azure (between 61724 and 01200).
- Bentley Azure Le Mans (62659, 62665 and 62666).

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 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
- 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 Mulliner between 62667 and 00999. But 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

2001

3

100%

0

0%

3

2002

1

100%

0

0%

1

Total

4

100%

0

0%

4

All chassis numbers

Model year 2001
SCBZK25E11CX62659
SCBZK25E71CX62665
SCBZK25E91CX62666

Model year 2002
SCBZK25E72CX01043



Details of the Bentley Azure Le Mans 1CX62666 (pictures below):









2001 Bentley Azure Le Mans SCBZK25E91CX62666.





















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