VW's Spanish Seat division is preparing to unveil its most potent model to date with next month's Frankfurt Motor Show debut of the new Leon Cupra R.Opening to the public on 17 September, the show will herald the official debut of the Seat Leon's new flagship, which boasts a brutally powerful 265hp 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine derived from the Audi S3.
Instantly becoming the most muscular production Seat model ever, the forthcoming Leon Cupra R matches the power output of the title-winning; Seat Leon TDI World Touring Car.
Naturally, the new Leon's 265hp direct injection 2.0 TSI engine is the star of the show, boasting not only tremendous power, but also plenty of torque and remarkable flexibility. Among the four cylinder 16v unit's key features is a new, high-pressure fuel pump injector to satisfy its greater performance demands while also allowing it to fully comply with strict EU5 emissions standards.
Transmitting that urge to its driven front wheels, the Cupra R is capable of prodigious performance. The 0-62mph time, for instance, is a formidable 6.1 seconds, while the top speed of 155mph is comfortably adequate. All this, and yet the new Seat's combined fuel consumption figure is put at just a shade under 35mpg (Imperial).
Inside and out, the exclusive nature of the Spanish maker's new model is obvious to the enthusiast thanks to the distinctive `R' on the grille and the hatch. The all-important initial also appears inside, on the right instrument dial and the remote control key.
Meanwhile, the exclusive Cupra logo graces the front bumper, the centre of the hatch and, inside, the steering wheel and seat backrests. Further distinctive detailing which underlines the Cupra R's extreme nature includes arch-filling 19", double- five-spoke whels shod with ultra-low profile 235/35 tires. The wheel package also enables a set of generous 17" 345mm front disc brakes with 16" 286mm at the rear, uprated to deliver the greater braking capacity obviously required to keep that 265hp safely in check.
The interior features eye-catching competition-style seats in grey alcantara upholstery, white LED lighting on the instrument dials, a leather-clad multi-function steering wheel and sporty aluminum-trimmed pedals.
In its home market, the latest Leon's extensive line-up of standard equipment includes ABS + TCS, ESP + EBA, XDS (SEAT's new electronic system which mimics the function of a limited slip differential), front and front side airbags, curtain airbags, passenger airbag disconnection, rear window seat Isofix anchoring points, low tire pressure warning, light and rain sensors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, trip computer, cornering foglights, dual zone climate control and MP3-compatible eight-speaker CD/radio.