Set to make its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show next week, the new Seat Leon Cupra will go on sale across the UK by end of this year. It is powered by the same 2.0 liter turbocharged petrol engine, which is seen on the existing variant, but this one delivers more power; offering 286 bhp peak power and 350 Nm peak torque.
Mated to a DSG transmission, the new Seat Leon Cupra can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 249 kmph. Fuel efficiency stands at 42.8 mpg (15.15 kmpl) in DSG format, going down to 41.1 mpg (14.55 kmpl) when mated to a 6 speed manual transmission, while auto emissions start at 149 g/km.
Besides more power, the new Seat Leon Cupra, distinguished with ‘CUPRA 290’ lettering on its tailgate, also receives a new exhaust system offering more refinement. Other onboard features include front axle differential lock, dynamic chassis control (DCC) and Cupra drive profile.
All variants are seen with LED headlights and taillights while the Sub8 Performance Pack is optional with 19” orange wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and Brembo brake calipers. Interiors are done up in Alcantara upholstery with 6.5” touchscreen with sat-nav and LED ambient lighting. The colors of the LED can be adjusted via Cupra Drive Profile from a red glow in Cupra mode to white in standard setting.
No official pricing has been revealed as on date but one can expect to see a marginal rise from £28,785 () of the current Cupra 280. The new Cupra rivals the likes of Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus ST-2 and Renault Megane 275.