More details, and confirmed prices, for the forthcoming trio of scorching SEAT Ibiza hot hatches have been revealed.
The fire-breathing threesome, which are all available to order now with deliveries beginning on 1st October 2009, bring innovative new technology to the sporting supermini segment for the very first time with RRPs starting at just £14,995.
Showcasing SEAT's engineering prowess, while taking the brand's sporty design to new heights with the concept car-inspired Bocanegra, the newcomers are poised to inject a serious dose of Latin passion into the compact hot hatch class.
At the heart of all three of these Spanish fliers is SEAT's mould-breaking new 1.4-litre TSI twin-charged petrol engine which is set up to deliver a potent 150 PS in the SEAT Ibiza FR, and a downright fiery 180 PS in the range-topping SEAT Ibiza Cupra and Bocanegra.
In either state of tune, the four cylinder 1.4-litre TSI uses state-of-the-art supercharging and turbocharging to reach its remarkable peak power outputs, with both forms of forced induction contributing to the engine's enviably linear power delivery and commendably flat torque curve.
The new SEAT Ibiza FR's 150 PS version, for instance, provides its 220 Nm maximum pulling power at just 1,250 rpm and continues that right through to 4,500 rpm. Allied as it is to a new, second generation, seven-speed DSG gearbox the engine can propel the lowered, stiffened SEAT Ibiza FR from rest to 62 mph in as little as 7.7 seconds and on to a top speed, where legal, that's comfortably on the exciting side of 130 mph.
Steering wheel-mounted F1-style shift paddles allow the driver to wring every ounce of excitement out of the new, dual dry clutch, Direct-Shift Gearbox which, aside from allowing swifter gear changes than are humanly possible with a conventional 'box, also improves fuel economy when compared with a standard manual transmission.
Provisional figures show the SEAT Ibiza FR's combined fuel economy stands at 44.8 mpg, while CO2 emissions are put at just 146 g/km.
Predictably, it's a similar story with the new SET Ibiza Cupra and SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra. Upping the output from the twin-charged 1.4 TSI to 180 PS, while employing the same cutting edge DSG transmission technology and clever XDS 'electronic differential' as the SEAT Ibiza FR, this brace of exciting hot hatches is capable of yet more impressive performance.
Both the SEAT Ibiza Cupra and SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra will hit 62 mph from rest in a frenetic 7.2 seconds before pressing on, where legal, to a top speed of 140 mph.
Fuel economy for the 180 PS cars is no less impressive, considering the significant performance on offer. Both are provisionally put at 44.1 mpg on the combined cycle, with only fractionally higher CO2 stats than the SEAT Ibiza FR at 148 g/km.
All three cars come with a welter of suitably sporty styling features inside and out: unique front and rear bumpers (subtly different on all three models); arch-filling 17-inch alloys of various designs; sports seats and bespoke sports-orientated interior styling are just a few of the things that leave no one in any doubt these are no 'ordinary' SEAT Ibizas.
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