The SEAT Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 have gone on sale today priced from £25,690, with the first deliveries expected March 2014.
The SEAT Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 are powered by a 2.0 TSI turbo petrol engine, with the choice of power output 265PS and 280PS (model dependent). Both engines deliver 350 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm through to 5,300 rpm.
All versions are limited to a top speed of 155 mph, with the Cupra 280 with DSG transmission capable of 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, or 5.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox. -CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are the same for both variants, 149 g/km (44.1 mpg NEDC combined) manual and 155 g/km (42.2 mpg NEDC combined) DSG.
The 265PS unit is only available in the 3-door SC Cupra with manual transmission and is capable of 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds, where the 280PS variant is available in both the 3- and 5-door models, and there is the choice of DSG or manual transmissions.
The Leon Cupra range features a bespoke DCC dynamic chassis control with a front-axle differential lock. The DCC system is more sensitive than the Leon FR's set-up and is capable of adapting the chassis characteristics to the prevailing conditions in a matter of milliseconds. The differential lock which is hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled allowing up-to 100 per cent of the power to one wheel to counteract torque steer.
The ESC system is within the control of the driver and can be deactivated in two stages - the first stage deactivates the traction control and puts the ESC into sport mode, permitting greater yaw angles where the second stage deactivates the ESC completely.Exterior Styling
The Leon Cupra features a bespoke front end, with its large air intakes and full-LED headlamps. There is a rear skirt with a diffuser effect and the two oval end pipes. The alloy wheels are exclusive to the Cupra, there are red brake callipers and tinted side and rear windows.
The 280 Cupra gains 19-inch wheels with a titanium paint finish, plus the Aerodynamic Pack, which comprises of a spoiler on the rear roof edge. There is Cupra lettering on the brake callipers and black exterior mirror housings.Interior Styling
There is a Cupra sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and entry sills. The sports seats are finished in dark grey Alcantara with white stitching. Black full-leather upholstery is an option with white stitching.Standard Key Equipment
Standard equipment over the FR model includes 18-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights, DAB digital radio, SEAT Media System Plus, aluminium front door sill trims with Cupra logo, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
The Leon Cupra 280 gains Satellite navigation, 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior mouldings and frames, black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra logo, and black interior inserts.
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