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Entry-Level Civic, Leon And i30 Engage In Budget Hatchbacks’ Drag Race 14
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Hyundai, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Videos, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, UK, video on 01 14th, 2018

Usually, when you hear about a drag race, you imagine powerful stock or tuned cars going against each other. Well, this one is different.

That’s because Carwow brought together the Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon, though not the respective Type R, N or Cupra variants as one would expect, but their base versions. They might not be that exciting, but they are the ones that sell in high volumes, so it’s interesting to see how fast they really are and how they compare against each other.

The Civic has the smallest engine here, a 1.0-liter turbo, while both the i30 and the Leon have 1.4-liter turbos. The Leon is the most powerful, rated at 150 horses, followed by the i30 with 140 and the Civic with 130. The Honda also happens to be the heaviest car here, which, on paper, puts it at a disadvantage.

So, which of the three hatchbacks won this budget-friendly drag race? Scroll down and find out.


Seat UK Has Sold Out Its Allotment Of Leon Cupra R Hot Hatches 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, UK on 01 7th, 2018

Are you a hot-hatch enthusiast in the UK who hoped to get your hands on the new Seat Leon Cupra R? Well, too bad, because it’s all sold out.

The Cupra R is the most hardcore version of the Spanish brand’s top performance model. It packs a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 310 metric horsepower, channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. It also features wider wheel arches, a full carbon aero kit, 19-inch alloys, and copper trim inside and out.

Seat committed to making just 799 examples, only 24 of which were allocated to the UK, one of the world’s top hot-hatch markets. So, despite a sticker price of £34,995, it sold out “in a matter of weeks,” according to the automaker.

That represents an approximate £5k premium over the “standard” Cupra, which is available in three- or five-door hatchback forms or as an estate. The Cupra R is offered exclusively as a five-door hatch, in either grey or black.

That kind of money, in case you were wondering, would land you in an M140i hatch or M240i coupe. The Volkswagen Golf R, by comparison, packs the same-spec engine as the Cupra R but with all-wheel drive, and retails in the UK (on the road with tax) between £32,850 (for the manual three-door) and £34,790 (for the dual-clutch five-door).

“As soon as we saw the Leon CUPRA R for the first time, we knew it would appeal strongly to British performance car enthusiasts, but, we’ve simply been blown away by the amount of interest shown its generated,” said Seat UK director Richard Harrison. “I’m delighted, and not the least bit surprised, that the UK-bound cars all found homes in such a short space of time. I’m sure their lucky owners will enjoy many years of great driving in this exclusive series.”

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Here’s What Seat’s Leon Cupra R Can Do In The Hands Of A Racing Driver 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 12 15th, 2017

No chit-chat, no reference whatsoever about details such as the rear bench or storage spaces – just 4min and 11sec of Seat Leon Cupra R pure driving pleasure.

The clip posted by L’argus shows the Spanish hot hatch being pushed hard on a closed course with professional racing driver Jordi Gene behind the wheel.

The Cupra R is limited to just 799 units and is the brand’s most powerful road-legal vehicle ever. It is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that’s shared with the Volkswagen Golf R, with an output of 310PS (306hp) in the manual transmission versions and 10PS (10hp) less in the six-speed DSG-equipped ones.

In both case, power is transmitted solely to the front wheels and Seat’s hot hatch will hit 100km/h (62mph) in 5.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h (155mph).

Exclusive carbon fiber details and some special colors set it apart from its lesser siblings on the outside, whereas its interior is covered in Alcantara and sports some copper and carbon fiber accents as well.


Seat Leon Cupra R Detailed In New Gallery [43 Pics] 4
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, new cars, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 12 4th, 2017

The new Leon Cupra R is the latest, most powerful and exclusive version of Seat’s hot hatch. It’s also the first sign of Seat’s future plans for the Cupra performance sub-brand, with the new Cupra R being not just the most powerful, but also the most hardcore version yet.

The production run will be limited to 799 units, divided into 499 manual and 300 DSG-fitted Cupra Rs. Only the manual cars get the full 310PS (306hp) from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine as those fitted with the six-speed DSG are stuck with the 300PS (296hp) of the regular model. On both cases though, 0-62mph (100km/h) is dealt with in 5.8 seconds, and there top speed is, as usually, limited electronically at 155mph (250km/h).

Both of them are front-wheel drive only and come fitted with specifically tuned adaptive suspension and an electronically limited slip differential. Other technical differences include wider tracks front and rear (1,593 and 1,530mm, respectively) with modified camber angles, bigger 370mm Brembo brakes, a reprogrammed adaptive steering rack and a retuned exhaust system.

Aside from the obvious fender extensions, the Leon Cupra R can be distinguished by its copper details and the new aero kit, which is made from carbon fiber and includes new front splitter, rear wing, side skirts and the rear diffuser. Seat claims an improvement in aerodynamic efficiency by 12.5 percent compared to the standard Cupra. The interior has also been upgraded with copper details on the dashboard, the console and the air condition trim pieces, Alcantara on the steering wheel and gear lever, as well as copper stitching on the bucket seats.

The first examples of the Leon Cupra R are expected to be delivered at the end of the year.


New Seat Leon Reportedly On Track For A 2019 Launch 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Seat, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Mii on 11 26th, 2017

Seat is readying the fourth-generation of the Leon, which is expected to arrive within the next 18 months, or approximately 7 years after the current iteration was introduced.

Talking to AutoExpress, Matthias Rabe, the brand’s board member for R&D, explained that the new compact car is part of Seat’s most extensive push in their history, which includes several new or heavily updated vehicles.

“It’s our biggest push ever. We’ve had the Ateca, now Arona, the renewal of Ibiza, the facelifted Leon. But it’s only now that we really accelerate; over the next three years, we’ll see six or seven new models, and most of them will be totally new”, Rabe said, referring to the new-gen Leon and upcoming 3-row SUV, among others.

The 2020 Seat Leon will go down the evolutionary route in terms of styling, according to Rabe, who added that it will be instantly recognizable as a Leon,while sharing a few design elements with some of the latest vehicles currently made by the Spanish car manufacturer.

While it will sport a redesigned bodywork, beneath the skin, the next-gen Leon is expected to maintain the MQB architecture, albeit with a slight improvement in the wheelbase, which is expected to gain a few mm for improved legroom on the rear seat.

The engine lineup will probably include the 1.0 and 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol units along with a 1.6-liter diesel, while the 48V mild hybrid technology that will debut on the next-gen VW Golf could be part of the offerings as well along with a rumored PHEV.

In other related news, Seat’s electrification push will eventually give birth to their first EV, likely based on the Mii. The eMii is believed to debut in 2019, followed by their second electric car, which will share its MEB architecture with the Volkswagen I.D. hatch and other zero-emission cars that are planned by the Group.

Next spring, however, Seat are believed to expand their Cupra lineup, which, in Rabe’s own words, “is not just limited to the Leon”, so we could finally see a hot Ateca on the road.

Note: Third-gen Seat Leon pictured


Seat Leon ST Cupra R Could Take ‘Ring Record Back From AMG 21
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 11 21st, 2017

Mercedes recently took the Nürburgring lap record for wagons with the E63 S Estate. Before that, it belonged to the Seat Leon ST Cupra. But Seat has a new performance wagon in the works that could claim the record back again.

According to Auto Express, the Spanish automaker is working on a new Leon ST Cupra R that – if put into production – would be the fastest, most powerful model in Seat’s lineup.

Though the Leon hatchback isn’t piped for all-wheel drive, the wagon version is. That could allow the Leon ST Cupra R to put 335 horsepower down to the tarmac through all four wheels, eclipsing the 276-hp output of the previous ‘Ring-conquering wagon and the 306 hp in the latest Cupra R hot hatch.

That’d still fall far short of the AMG, whose size, price, and 604 horsepower put it in another league. But the smaller, more agile Seat only has to shave a baker’s dozen seconds off its lap time (previously clocked at 7:58) to catch the Merc’s 7:45.

‘Ring records aside, we hope Seat approves this beast for production, because the prospect of a Golf-sized wagon with that much more power than the Golf R’s 292 hp and the cargo capacity of a small crossover sounds mighty enticing to us.

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Seat Leon Cristobal Concept Is The Safest Car In The Company’s History 14
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Tech on 11 14th, 2017

SEAT has unveiled the Leon Cristobal concept at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

Named after the patron saint of drivers, the Leon Cristobal concept is being billed as the safest car in the company’s history as it features six different systems that have been designed to reduce the risks of being involved in a collision. The systems are probably not what you would expect but they target the main causes of accidents such as drowsiness, distractions, speeding, and alcohol consumption.

In order to tackle these problems, which cause 80% of all traffic accidents, the concept features a built-in breathalyzer that will prevent the car from being used if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Another unique feature is the so-called “drive-coach” which is a voice assistant that provides personalized safety warnings.

Designers also installed a video camera-based display mirror that eliminates blind spots and provides a better field of vision. There’s also a Mentor mode that allows parents to limit the vehicle’s speed and monitor its location when their children are driving . Another interesting mode is the Guardian Angel setting which activates all 15 of the car’s active and passive safety systems.

Should something go wrong, the concept’s black box will send images and data to a smartphone following a collision.

Besides showcasing the Leon Cristobal concept, the company showed 10 eMii prototypes which will soon become available to employees of Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01 as part of a car-sharing project. The Smart City Expo also held the Autonomous Driving Challenge grand finale which tasked 50 students from nine universities to develop autonomous driving software that could drive a scale model vehicles through a closed course.

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Seat Announces Leon Cristobol Concept, The Brand’s Safest Vehicle Ever 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Reports, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Seat Mii, Tech on 11 8th, 2017

Seat will present a new concept car based on the Leon, during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from November 14 to 16.

Christened Seat Leon Cristobol, the study is described as being “the safest vehicle in the history of the brand”, whose name comes from “the patron saint of drivers and travelers”.

It features advanced safety equipment such as the Drive Coach, a technology that emits safety warnings and minimizes driver distractions, and Black Box, which sends the recorded data and images to a smartphone, in the event of a crash.

The Spanish automaker has fitted the Leon Cristobol with other safety gizmos that they will detail during the event, when they will also present a smartphone app that’s aimed at improving mobility in Barcelona. The app will inform users of construction work and hazard areas, advising them to change their route.

Seat will also display the zero-emission eMii prototype, before the first cars are delivered to employees of the Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01, to be tested around the city.


Limited Edition Seat Leon Cupra R Marks Its Public Premiere In Frankfurt 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 09 12th, 2017

Almost two weeks after its online presentation, the new Seat Leon Cupra R has arrived at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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New Leon Cupra R Is Seat’s Most Powerful Road Car Ever 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Amazon, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars, Reports, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat-Ibiza on 09 4th, 2017

After months of speculation, Seat has officially unveiled the new Leon Cupra R, ahead of its public premiere set for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Third-Gen Seat Leon Is The Best-Selling Leon Ever 27
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 08 27th, 2017

In less than five years of market presence, the third generation Seat Leon has managed to sell 682,567 units, shattering all of the company’s previous records set by its predecessors.
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Are These The Most Reliable Cars On The European Market? 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Audi Q3, Kia Ceed, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, Seat Leon, Skoda Yeti, Suzuki Vitara, Toyota RAV4, video, Volvo XC60 on 08 20th, 2017

After driving numerous cars over the years, CarBuyer have released a top 10 of the most reliable ones on the market.
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Seat Plans To Introduce Six New Models By 2020 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, SUV on 06 30th, 2017

After posting their best ever year in 2016, with over 400,000 cars sold globally and recording operating profits of €143 million ($160 million), Seat is now planning to launch multiple new models.
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2017 Seat Leon Ticks Most Of The Right Boxes, Says WhatCar 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, video on 06 4th, 2017

The Seat Leon has always been a somewhat sportier and more affordable alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, with which it shares most of its features, but is the facelifted model worth looking into?
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Seat Leon X-Perience Proves Its Toughness In The Sahara Desert 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, video on 06 2nd, 2017

Launched some three years ago, when the Ateca was still a mere drawing, the Seat Leon X-Perience should have been the brand's temporary answer to their SUV problem.
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