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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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Seat Says There’s No Firm Plans For Electrified Cupra Models, For Now 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in eat, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, Seat Leon Cupra on 07 12th, 2017

Despite comments last month from Seat's research & development boss, the firm's UK managing director said there are no firm plans just yet to offer electrified Cupra models.
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Nurburgring Audi TT RS Driver Is One Lucky Son Of A Gun After Sliding On Oil 25
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi TT-RS, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, video on 04 25th, 2017

Once this Audi TT RS started to slide, it endangered not only its driver, but also the driver of the SEAT Leon Cupra chasing after him.
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What’s Faster: 300 Horsepower Or A Team Of Huskies? 23
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 03 23rd, 2017

If there's one question of which we'll never grow tired, it's “what's faster?”… especially when it comes to cars. Are cars faster than motorcycles? Trains? Jet aircraft? How about a team of huskies?
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Watch This Leon Cupra And Megane RS Duo Attack The ‘Ring 22
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hot Hatch, Nurburgring, renault, Renault Megane, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, video on 03 22nd, 2017

When it comes to high performance on a budget, a hot hatch with a tuned engine could be all you need in order to keep up with something like a Porsche Cayman.
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