The new SEAT Ibiza FR will be making its world debut at the Barcelona Motor Show (9th to 17th May), with UK sales commencing around September 2009. Prices will be announced closer to the SEAT Ibiza FR's on-sale date.The SEAT Ibiza Cupra, which has already been previewed at the Paris Motor Show last year, will now be joined by this barely less swift SEAT Ibiza FR TSI version.
The FR version of the new generation SEAT Ibiza introduces several technical highlights compared with the previous model, which combine to provide a more intense driving experience. First and foremost, the compact hot hatch is equipped with a state-of-the-art 150 PS twincharger 1.4 TSI engine. This means that this relatively small capacity powerplant is able to deliver big-engine performance through the fitment of both a supercharger and a turbocharger - a first in the supermini class.
Thanks to its latest generation technology, this engine provides greater flexibility, punchy performance and lower fuel consumption figures and emissions levels, while fully complying with EU5 emissions legislation.
The high-tech theme doesn't stop there. The SEAT Ibiza FR's powerful engine is mated to a latest generation seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles fitted as standard. As on the SEAT Ibiza Cupra version, the gearbox has been developed with more driver-focused software than on the 1.6 version of the SEAT Ibiza.
Furthermore, the addition of the XDS system provides greater driver confidence and safety. As with the SEAT Leon Cupra, this electronic system works together with ESP, improving the car's performance when traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip.
The SEAT Ibiza FR benefits from its own styling enhancements quite separate to either the SEAT Ibiza Cupra or other models in the Ibiza range. Highlights include new bumpers that lend a purposeful appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround for the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. Other tell-tale exterior elements are silver-coloured door mirror cases, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and twin tailpipes.
The interior also conveys the SEAT Ibiza FR's racing nature with a specific instrument display carrying the 'FR' (which stands for Formula Racing) logo, a new steering wheel with built-in DSG shift paddles and the seat design, whose upholstery also heavily contributes to its sporty looks.As far as standard equipment goes, SEAT's new car is further equipped with ESP, TCS + EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tyre-pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, sports suspension and cornering foglights, among other features.
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