Cupra Tavascan concept – 306 PS, 0-100 km/h in 6.5s!

Cupra Tavascan concept – 306 PS, 0-100 km/h in 6.5s!

Cupra has unveiled the new Tavascan concept ahead of its Frankfurt debut, an all-electric SUV coupe that’s heavy on visual aggression. The four-door SUV sits on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, one which was designed for midsized cars.

Now, there are two electric motors powering the Tavascan, one integrated in each axle. Together, the all-wheel SUV boasts 306 PS (225 kW) of power, enough to send it from standstill to 100 km/h in less than 6.5 seconds. Cupra has yet to reveal its top speed, but expect it to be upwards of 200 km/h.

In concept form, the Tavascan features a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers up to 450 km of driving range, based on WLTP protocols. The battery is positioned under the floor for optimal centre of gravity and weight distribution, which Cupra says will make it a “truly dynamic car to drive.”

Cupra Tavascan concept – 306 PS, 0-100 km/h in 6.5s!

In terms of design, the SUV coupe feels like it’s deliberately styled to turn heads. Up front, it gets the brand’s signature LED daytime running lights, complete with a huge carbon-fibre radiator grille to channel air in and around the car – the former specifically routes air to help cool the lithium-ion battery pack.

Details include an illuminated Cupra logo, integrated lower front lip, and a rather subtle Cupra script just below the vented bonnet. The profile reveals a very distinct silhouette which pops through a combination of 22-inch resistance-minimising turbine wheels, blacked out A-pillars for the floating roof effect, and slim door-mounted side mirrors with carbon caps.

The door panels also feature strong shoulder lines and deep lower mouldings, and upon closer inspection, the plastic cladding that goes around the car is actually made from carbon-fibre. For now, the concept features frameless doors with flushed handles, but it’s unclear if these will make it to production.

Cupra Tavascan concept – 306 PS, 0-100 km/h in 6.5s!

Round the back, the roofline quickly graduates into the boot lid, and the tailgate opening tapers to a narrow ‘V’, which may reduce practicality in terms of loading and unloading items. Dominant styling cues include the edge-to-edge tail light with integrated Cupra logo, massive carbon-fibre lower bumper with vents and built-in third brake light, as well as vortex generators on the rear glass not unlike the FK8 Civic Type R.

The extensive use of carbon-fibre continues into the cabin. Here, the composite material is used across the dashboard and into the door panels, steering wheel and centre tunnel. Cupra calls this the structural carbon, which contribute to a lightweight cabin.

Features include diffused LED ambient lighting, sports bucket seats with three-dimensional leather relief for optimal comfort and support, a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, as well as a huge freestanding (and swivelling) 13-inch infotainment display with smartphone pairing and connectivity functions. Fancy this?

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.




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