Seat's Cupra sub-brand has showcased the new 306bhp Leon Cupra R at the Frankfurt motor show
Jimi Beckwith
12 September 2017

Seat has revealed a third-generation Leon Cupra R, which is on sale at the Frankfurt motor show.

The third iteration of the range-topping hot hatch will get a 306bhp petrol engine, up from the Cupra 300's 296bhp, thanks to sportier engine mapping. New exhausts and a package of aerodynamic improvements will also feature, as well as upgraded Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension with Dynamic Chassis Control, and modified front camber.

Just 799 units of the Cupra R will be produced, Seat boss Luca De Meo announced this morning, with an exclusive matte exterior finish available, copper detailing and bucket seats distinguishing the car from the standard Cupra. There's also an entirely new instrument cluster. 

Recent reports claim that Seat's Cupra sporting range is being planned for a spin-off, akin to Citroën turning its DS luxury sub-brand into a brand on its own. 

Patents for Bolero, Tango and Salsa were all filed, suggesting that Seat will use the names of its past sporting concepts for the Cupra range. 

Currently, the most powerful model in the Seat range is the 296bhp Leon Cupra 300, although this is expected to be at least matched by the upcoming Ateca Cupra, which has been spied numerous times ahead of its official debut. 

Seat previously produced a Leon Cupra R between 2002 and 2005, before resurrecting the name in 2010 on the second-generation Leon, with an extra 24bhp over the standard Cupra model. 

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4 September 2017

I.E bland! Plus, copper detailing? Thats a questionable one surely.


10 September 2017

Fancy picking such a grim colour to introduce a car which is intended to be exciting.  The copper detailing would look great with plenty of colours, turquoise, lime, electric blue, white, black, probably even scarlet.  Give the thing a bloody chance.  I would think it'll most likely lack the highest degrees of classiness which the Golf R emanates, but enough folk will be looking for something slightly less ubiquitous, so it certainly has its place in the market.

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