Seat have just unveiled the model they reckon embodies the brand values. It’s the Leon Cupra, a real looker that can also perform.
The new Cupra is Seat’s most powerful series-production car (up to 280bhp), and the fastest. The Cupra will be offered as a 5-door and as the Leon SC Cupra Sport Coupé with three doors.
“With the new Leon Cupra, Seat is once more taking a major leap forward. The Cupra is a car with a compelling, high-quality feel,” commented Cian O’Brien, Director of Seat Ireland.
Top of the range is the all-new 2.0 TSI engine with dual injection and variable camshaft timing. Depending on the version, it delivers an output of 265 or 280b hp. The DCC dynamic chassis control, the front differential lock, the progressive steering, the Cupra drive profile and the standard-fit full-LED headlamps are further examples of its state-of-the-art technologies.
The Drive – top performance included
The Cupra 280, with optional DSG transmission, is the brand’s top model and blastes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, and in 5.8 seconds with the manual gearbox (Leon SC). The regulated top speed is 250 km/h. The maximum torque of 350 Newton metres across the wide range of 1,750 to 5,300rpm guarantees impressive pulling power in every situation.
The 265 version has a maximum torque of 350 Newton metres. Its acceleration times are 5.9 seconds (manual) and 5.8 seconds with DSG (Leon SC).
Despite all this power, the Cupra is efficient. The average fuel consumption for both power variants is 6.4 litres with DSG (Leon 5d: 6.6) and 6.6 litres with the manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of just 149 and 154 grams, a reduction of 51 grams over the previous model.
Standard equipment includes progressive steering to give the driver a precise steering feel. Less steering movement is required, reducing the number of grip changes, especially for cornering or parking. The steering works with a progressive ratio through variable toothing on the rack.
The ESP handling system has been developed specifically for the Cupra. It enables a very sporty driving style with full retention of safety functionality. For dynamic use, such as on a race track, it can also be deactivated in two stages – the first stage deactivates the traction control and puts the ESP into sport mode, permitting greater yaw angles. The second stage deactivates the ESP completely.
The alloy wheels are exclusive to the Cupra, while the red brake callipers and tinted side and rear windshields underscore its individuality. Also standard equipment are the full-LED headlamps and the LED rear lights.
The top sports seats in Alcantara, the Cupra steering wheel and the Media System Plus with a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen are all among the standard interior features in addition to the extensive base equipment of the Leon FR. One particular feature in the interior is the ambient lighting. Seat is a member of the Volkswagen Group.