2014 Seat Leon Cupra-04

Hot hatch fans, say hello to the new Seat Leon Cupra, a sexy Spanish chicka that you will never get to date in Malaysia. The new Leon Cupra, available in five-door and three-door SC forms, is the VW Group brand’s most powerful and fastest series-production car.

One sound actuator enhanced 2.0 TSI engine is available in two states of tune, 265 PS or 280 PS, both with 350 Nm of torque. The Cupra 280 with optional DSG transmission catapults from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, and in 5.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox.

The Cupra 265 is just a fraction slower at 5.9 seconds with manual transmission and 5.8 seconds with DSG. Fuel economy wasn’t abandoned in the process – 6.4 litres per 100 km with the DSG is a good figure.

2014 Seat Leon Cupra-03

With DCC dynamic chassis control (Cupra Drive Profile allows for individualisation), front-axle differential lock (100% of drive can be sent to one wheel, integrated with two-stage ESP and EDS) and progressive steering (variable toothing on the rack) all fitted as standard, the new Leon Cupra does faster laps on the track than its predecessor, but is also significantly more relaxed to drive, according to Seat.

Safe and reliable deceleration comes courtesy of the Cupra-specific, high-performance brake system, recognisable by its red calipers. 18-inch wheels are standard, with the Cupra 280 getting mega 19-inch rollers. Despite considerably improved equipment (full LED headlamps, Media System Plus with 5.8-inch touchscreen are standard), the new hot Leon weighs 55 kg less than its Mk2 predecessor.

The latest Leon wears a very sharp suit – do you prefer this look or the more sober VW Golf GTI?