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The Bentley Azure debuted in March 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show on the platform of the Bentley Continental R model, which had been originally launched in 1991. Bentley Production only crept to a start, with a mere nine examples finished in the first year – in 1996, after full Bentley Azure production had started, no less than 251 Bentley Azures were finished. Pininfarina assisted in the two-year process of turning the Bentley Continental R into a full four-seater Bentley convertible At 210 in (5,340 mm) in length and 5,750 pounds (2,610 kg) in weight, the Bentley Azure often surprised onlookers with its size and bulk.
Bentley Power came from the company’s stalwart Bentley 6.75-litre V8, featuring a single, intercooled Garrett turbocharger and producing in the region of 360 hp – Rolls-Royce and Bentley did not yet give official power numbers at the time of the Bentley Azure’s introduction. By the time production began in earnest, new Bentley engine management from Zytek meant a slight power increase to 385 hp (287 kW; 390 PS) at 4,000 rpm and 750 N·m (553 lb·ft) of torque at 2,000 rpm; power was routed to the rear wheels via a modified, General Motors sourced, four-speed automatic transmission. With a Bentley zero to sixty miles per hour time of 6.3 seconds (0–100 km/h in 6.5 s) and a top speed of 241 km/h (150 mph), the Bentley Azure was very fast for a car of its size, weight and poor aerodynamic profile.
Owing to the limited space and workforce at Bentley’s Crewe factory, the Bentley Azure’s thick, powered convertible top was designed and manufactured by Pininfarina, which significantly added to the vehicle’s cost. New in 1995, the Bentley Azure was priced at 7,645 – ,355 more than the Continental R on which it was based.
From 1999 through the end of production, the Bentley Azure was also available in Bentley “Mulliner” trim, which added special Bentley bespoke trim and additional equipment and allowed the buyer the option for further customisation during the build-process; Bentley pricing varied by car, as equipment could be significantly different from one to the next depending on customer requests.
One of Bentley Azure limited editions included ‘Bentley Azure 2000 Symbolic Edition’, an only 4-made Bentley Mulliner commission.
The Rolls-Royce Corniche is a two-door, four-seater luxury car with a cabriolet body, made in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2002. Rolls-Royce’s flagship car, it was the fifth model to bear the Rolls-Royce Corniche name on its debut in January 2000. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive vehicle offered by Rolls-Royce, with a base price of US9,900. Styling cues were taken from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan, but it shares little mechanically with that BMW-engined car. Instead, the Rolls-Royce Corniche’s body was set onto the older platform used for the similarly-styled Bentley Azure, making it the first and only Rolls-Royce descended from a Bentley rather than the other way around.
The 2000-2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche is powered by a 325 hp (240 kW) 6.75 L turbocharged V8. The Rolls-Royce Corniche’s engine is capable of providing 738 N·m (544 lb·ft) of torque at 2,100 rpm. The car is operated via a four-speed automatic transmission. It has a top speed of 135 mph (215 km/h) and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of eight seconds. The Rolls-Royce convertible, weighing 6,836 lb (3,101 kg), was built more for comfort than for speed.
The Rolls-Royce Corniche came outfitted with every luxury and refinement characteristic of a Rolls-Royce. The Rolls-Royce has a Connolly Leather interior, Wilton wool carpets, chrome gauges and a wide choice of exotic wood trims. Dual automatic temperature control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic headlamps and automatic ride control are standard.
The Rolls-Royce Corniche was the only new Rolls-Royce developed under Volkswagen’s ownership, before the Rolls-Royce marque was passed to BMW in 2003. All Rolls-Royce Corniches were completely hand-built. The car was considered a slightly softer, and even more exclusive, version of the Bentley Azure.
The very last Rolls-Royce Corniche rolled off the assembly line on August 30, 2002. This was the very last Rolls-Royce to be made at the Crewe plant before it was turned over entirely to the production of Bentley models. Only 374 fifth-generation Rolls-Royce Corniches were ever built.
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