The key change adopted by Seat’s hot hatchback is a new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine – the same unit already in use by sister brand Volkswagen’s Polo GTI. The new engine develops 189bhp and 236lb ft, 12bhp more than the 1.4-litre turbo and supercharged petrol engine used by the outgoing Ibiza Cupra.
Seat says the updated Cupra model is capable of hitting 62mph from rest in 6.7sec and has a top speed of 146mph but is also capable of returning 47mpg. By way of comparison, the old Cupra managed the 0-62mph sprint in 7.0sec.
The facelifted Ibiza Cupra will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox only in the UK. The car sits on 17-inch alloy wheels as standard and adopts subtle styling tweaks to mark the Cupra out from the rest of the facelifted Ibiza line-up, which was revealed back in May and will go on sale in the UK this autumn.