Seat Leon Cupra R – up to 310 PS, limited to 799 units

Seat Leon Cupra R – up to 310 PS, limited to 799 units

This is the new Seat Leon Cupra R, which is set to go on display at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Hailed as the most powerful car in the brand’s history, the Cupra R is also pretty exclusive as just 799 units will ever be made.

The 2.0 litre TSI engine in the limited-edition model produces either 310 PS or 300 PS, depending on the transmission mated to it. Go with the six-speed manual and you’ll get the larger power figure, whereas the DSG-equipped model makes do with the same amount as the facelifted Cupra 300 from end-2016.

No information in regards to performance, but one should expect some improvements over the Cupra 300’s 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds (manual) and 5.7 seconds (DSG). The Cupra R also receives tweaks to its camber (front axle) and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system, along with new Brembo brakes, limited-slip diff and exhaust system.

Seat Leon Cupra R – up to 310 PS, limited to 799 units

To make sure the public doesn’t confuse the Cupra R with a regular Cupra 300, a host of styling changes have been put in place. These include flared wheel arches, a redesigned front bumper, a larger rear wing, new side skirts, rear diffuser and unique 19-inch wheels. Look closely, and you’ll even spot the carbon-fibre and copper detailing in several areas.

The interior mimics this theme, and is joined by a steering wheel and the gear lever upholstered in Alcantara. Available at the end of 2017, 799 lucky owners will get to choose from three exterior body colours – Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey and the exclusive Matte Grey.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.




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