The new SEAT Ibiza CUPRA is due to go on sale in the UK in January 2013 priced at £18,825, with the order books opening next week.
The new 3-door Ibiza CUPRA is powered by a turbocharged/supercharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that develops 180 PS and 250 Nm as seen in the likes of VW Polo GTi and Audi A1. It promises a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed where permitted of 142 mph. On the urban cycle the official fuel consumption figure is recorded as 47.9 mpg.
It may disappoint some that the Ibiza CUPRA features a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission, which can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Compared to the standard Ibiza the CUPRA’s ride height is lower and an optional AP Performance braking system is available. An XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling, and an ESP electronic stability system incorporating hill start is part of the safety package that comes as standard on the Ibiza CUPRA; the car has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.
On the equipment front it comes with standard bi-xenon head lights with cornering function, LED daytime running lights and LED brake lights. Plus climate control, rain-sensing automatic windscreen wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard fit. CUPRA styling and performance-enhancing accoutrements, including signature gloss black mirrors, CUPRA front and rear bumpers, matte black rear diffuser incorporating a large trapezoidal central tailpipe, and a pair of unique front sports seats.
The Ibiza CUPRA features a new entertainment system entitled the SEAT Portable System. Which is removable for mobile use yet integrates into the vehicle electronics system. Its features a navigation system with Bluetooth audio streaming, a Micro SD card slot for music storage, hands-free phone system with voice control, and an on-board computer.
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