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2009 Bentley Azure: T Stands for 50?

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2009 Bentley Azure T

2009 Bentley Azure T

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Bentley is upping the luxury stakes with a new "T" version of its Azure convertible, due for a debut at the Los Angeles auto show.

The new 2009 Bentley Azure T, the VW-owned brand says, is "the world’s most elegant convertible and destined to become a future classic." Backing up that statement is the high-performance twin-turbo version of the brand's 6.75-liter V-8, which breathes out 500 bhp in this application. It's still coupled to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission, and together they conspire for a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 179 mph, Bentley promises.

Cosmetic upgrades--because T owners can hardly bear to be seen in the same room with the 450-hp Azure crowd--include dark-tinted grilles, twin exhaust pipes, 20-inch wheels, quilted interior trim, and an iPod interface, as well as a choice of eight woods, 25 leathers, and 42 exterior paint colors. A Naim audio system is also standard in the T, along with 10 speakers, a dual-channel subwoofer, and an 1,100-watt amplifier.

There's more to come next week, as TheCarConnection.com reports from the Los Angeles auto show.

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