The car may weigh 2.7 tonnes, but with 500bhp and 738 lb ft of pull from just 1800rpm, the turbocharged 6.7-litre V8 engine shoves the Azure to 60mph in just 5.2 secs. With so much power on tap, a smooth throttle action is required to ensure graceful take-offs. Once under way, the six-speed automatic gearbox slips seamlessly between the gears.
Bentley Azure Sports ride & handling
For the most part, the Azure delivers a cosseting ride although, like most convertibles, there is some shake over rougher surfaces. Once you've adapted your driving style to take into account the prodigious dimensions, the Azure feels surprisingly nimble.
Bentley Azure Sports refinement
There's some shudder produced by the big V8 at tickover, and there's a pronounced whoosh from under the bonnet as the Azure takes off. Once at a cruise, however, there's almost no mechanical racket and little road noise enters the cabin. With the roof up, wind exclusion is excellent; when down, there's little buffeting for those in the front two seats. Those travelling al fresco in the rear, however, would do well to invest in some stylish headgear.