SEAT is releasing first details of the forthcoming new SEAT Leon Cupra, a hot hatch that further strengthens the 'sporty' gene which lies at the very core of the dynamic Spanish brand.
The SEAT Leon Cupra is set to make its world debut at the Barcelona Motor Show (9th to 17th May 2009), with UK sales commencing in July 2009. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
Cupra is the hottest badge in the SEAT hierarchy and therefore the 240 PS TSI Leon version will, as before, sit above the SEAT Leon FR models that have already been unveiled (which have a choice of 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS or 2.0 TSI 211 PS engines).
With the arrival of the 2009 version of the SEAT Leon, SEAT's flagship now features even more dramatic looks thanks to several new design elements introduced both inside and out. Its eye-catching appearance makes it the perfect road-going reflection of the Leon that is making phenomenal strides in the WTCC World Touring Car Championship.
The most obvious enhancement to the new SEAT Leon Cupra is to the 'face', featuring bold vents beneath the honeycomb central grille, while the new bumper houses two further black highlights, one at each side, with the word 'CUPRA' immediately visible on the left.
At the back the drama continues, with prominent black moulding at the bumper's base, a polished steel oval tailpipe and the characteristic model name emblazoned across the centre of the hatch.
A side look at the new SEAT Leon Cupra reveals lower ground clearance compared with other Leon versions, making the car look and indeed feel more like a track car. Spectacular 18-inch alloy wheels and gloss black door mirror housings are also distinctive traits of this range-topping SEAT.
All interior elements are clad in black, reflecting customer tastes in the high-end hot hatch market. In addition, a leather-covered steering wheel with aluminium colour inserts and the 'CUPRA' logo at its flattened base is complemented by a matching gearknob. Adding further sportiness are aluminium pedals.
Special mention goes to the SEAT Leon Cupra's seats, with their authentic racing-bucket styling, featuring integrated headrests and the 'CUPRA' logo proudly stitched into the backrests. These seats offer tremendous side support when dealing with high-speed corners, as well as more driving comfort. Attractive new black leather upholstery with white cross-stitching is now available as an option.
As with the previous version, the new SEAT Leon Cupra is equipped with a powerful 240 PS 2.0-litre TSI engine, providing emphatically strong performance along with impressive fuel economy figures. Top speed is 153 mph and the benchmark 0 to 62 mph sprint takes only 6.4 seconds, yet average combined fuel consumption is 34 mpg.
The new SEAT Leon Cupra features standard equipment such as the new XDS system (an electronic system which mimics the function of a mechanical limited slip differential), ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA emergency braking, low tyre-pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, side airbag and head airbag, climate control, cornering foglights, trip computer, cruise control and sports suspension, among others.
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