SEAT will unveil the prototype of its eagerly awaited Ibiza Cupra R at the Geneva Motor Show (6th to 16th March). The Ibiza Cupra R will be powered by either a 1.8 20VT turbocharged petrol engine, or, for the first time in an "R", a diesel option, the potent 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine with a power output of 150 PS.
Like the Leon Cupra R, the Ibiza Cupra R prototype has been developed through collaboration between the SEAT Technical Centre and SEAT Sport. As well as powerful engines the Ibiza Cupra R is equipped with DSR (dynamic steering response) which gives the chassis agility, positive handling and excellent road feel for the driver. Safety has not been sacrificed for power and performance, with twin front and side airbags, ABS and traction control (TCS) and ESP available as an option.
To leave you in no doubt that this is a performance car the Ibiza Cupra R’s looks have been boldened with newly designed bumpers with a low honeycomb grill air intake, a large trailing roof spoiler, chromed oval tailpipe and five-spoke 17" alloy wheels. On the inside, the familiar "R" theme is followed with and exclusive leather steering wheel, sculpted front sports seats and the familiar black colour scheme with red highlights in stitching and logos.
The new Ibiza Cupra R will be built at the SEAT Sport facilities in Barcelona, alongside the Leon Cupra R and SEAT’s high performance competition Toledo touring cars and the Leons used in the Spanish Supercopa series and the new British Cupra Championship which will run through the summer.
Production of the Ibiza Cupra R is planned to begin in late 2003.Published 17 February 2003