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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’s Most Powerful Leon Cupra R Limited To Just 24 Examples In The UK 14
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, prices, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, UK on 11 14th, 2017

Seat’s most powerful road car to date, the new Leon Cupra R, will also be one of its most exclusive as well as they will build 799 examples, with just 24 of them allocated to the UK.

Technically speaking if you want to have the most powerful Seat of all time, then you must order the Leon Cupra R with the six-speed manual option as only then it offers the full 310PS (306hp). UK customers have this problem solved for them as all examples destined for their market are manual only.

Seat will build 499 manual Cupra Rs in total, with the rest 300 units fitted with a six-speed DSG, which drops the power figure to a round 300PS (296hp). Both versions are front-wheel drive and fitted with the adaptive DCC suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Priced at £34,995 OTR, the new Seat Leon Cupra R can be distinguished from its lesser siblings by the carbon and copper detailing outside, along with copper-black 19-inch alloy wheels. There are two metallic paint options: Monsoon Grey or Midnight Black and they are included in the price.

The interior also gets upgraded with the same copper treatment on the dashboard, center console and door panel stitching while other touches include Alcantara for the steering wheel, gear lever and front bucket seats. An obligatory numbered plaque is also present.

Technical differences are also present, with the Leon Cupra R coming with a reprogrammed adaptive steering system, modified camber angles for the front axle, new Brembo brakes and a retuned exhaust that allows a racier note from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. 0-62mph comes in 5.8 seconds while top speed is an electronically limited 155mph (250km/h).

UK orders have opened with Seat expecting to deliver the first of the 24 Leon Cupra Rs in January 2018.


Facelifted Seat Leon Cupra Muscled Up With 375 Horses 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in JE-Design, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, tuning on 11 10th, 2017

After it went through a facelift last December, the 2017 Seat Leon Cupra has now fallen into the tuning hands of Je Design.

The aftermarket company has released a 2-stage power upgrade for the Spanish hot hatch, which lifts the stock 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque to 360PS (355hp) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque, in the most humble offering.

Stage 2, on the other hand, is more exciting, as it raises the output to 380PS (375hp) and 470Nm (345lb-ft) of torque. This makes it just 20PS (20hp) and 10Nm (7lb-ft) of torque less powerful than one of the compact hot hatch kings, the new Audi RS3 Sportback, which uses a larger 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, unlike the Leon’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.

Choosing Stage 1 means that top speed will also increase to 265km/h (165mph), while Stage 2 allows the car to reach 280 or 285km/h (174-177mph), by raising the electronic limit.

Making Je Design’s Seat Leon Cupra more sonorous is a stainless steel exhaust, with sound flap system, controlled via the OE Seat driving profile selection system. Customers can choose between four 80mm diameter outlets, or two oval tailpipes of 140×90 or 160x90mm, on each side.

Among the key features added to its exterior are the widened wheel arches, prominent side skirts, new front bumper, gloss black rear diffuser inserts, and adjustable tailgate-mounted spoiler. Je Design has also equipped the Leon with a set of 10×20-inch wheels, wrapped in 265/25 Hankook S1-Evo tires.

Finally, the car has been given a sport spring set, which lowers the ride height by 20mm (0.8in). Owners can also have a KW DDC fully adjustable coilover suspension, which brings the Leon Cupra 45mm (1.8in) closer to the road, compared to the stock model.


Can Seat’s Facelifted Leon Cupra Keep Up With The Best? 5
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in reviews, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 11 5th, 2017

That’s a tough one to answer considering that it falls in the same pit as the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS, but it might very well be a smart choice.

For starters, the facelifted Seat Leon Cupra is based on the Volkswagen Golf R. It comes with a toned down exterior that could allow it to fly under the radar, and things don’t look that sporty inside either.

In fact, the only changes in the cabin compared to the previous model is the introduction of a new infotainment system, with a larger display, and the removal of the traditional handbrake, which is now electronic.

Seat offers 3 versions of the car – 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, and a more practical and roomier estate, with the latter adding all-wheel drive. All of them are nicely equipped and share the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque, mated to either a manual or a DSG automatic dual-clutch gearbox, which is apparently sublime.

And while it doesn’t stand out over its rivals until now, wait until you hit the road, because the ‘new’ Seat Leon Cupra doesn’t just love straight-line acceleration, as it’s a huge fan of bends too. Handling and grip are said to be superb, according to CarBuyer’s latest review, and in comfort mode, the ride is close to perfection, thanks to the standard adaptive suspension.

So, there you have it, the Spanish proposal is a mature hot hatch with a discreet design and the necessary know-how beneath the updated sheet metal, but is this enough to make you want it over some of its more established rivals?


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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SEAT Trademarks Cupra As A Hot Sub-Brand, Plans New Models 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, Seat, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon Cupra on 08 11th, 2017

Seat is looking to mimic the likes of Audi Sport, BMW M Performance, and Mercedes-AMG with an entirely new sub-brand named Cupra.
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500HP Seat Leon Cupra 1M Is ‘Auto Emocion’ At Its Finest 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, tuning, video on 08 9th, 2017

This first-gen Seat Leon Cupra is a boy-racer's dream, not only because it still looks good, but also because of its performance credentials.
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VW Golf R VI Meets Older Seat Leon Cupra R On The Track 5
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fifth Gear, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 08 5th, 2017

By the time you'll watch this video, it won't exactly be 'Throwback Thursday' anymore, but still, Fifth Gear have pulled out an older film that pits two previous-gen hot hatches against each other.
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2017 Seat Leon Cupra With 300 Horses Is Loads Of Fun 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 07 27th, 2017

Hot hatch fans, gather around, have a seat, and get your popcorn ready, because you're about to watch the 2017 Seat Leon Cupra being punished out in the open.
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