Seat will have the new Ibiza Cupra and Ecomotive on display at Paris
2 September 2008

Seat has revealed the hot Seat Ibiza Cupra ahead of the car’s Paris show debut in October. The Ibiza Cupra gets its sporting potential from a 178bhp 1.4 TSI twin-turbo engine and a seven-speed double-clutch DSG gearbox, combined with stiffened sports suspension, and a host of driver aids including ESP and traction control.

The styling of the Cupra is much closer to the Bocanegra concept that preceded the Ibiza, including its larger, more sharply defined black grille, revised air intakes and a centrally placed trapezoidal exhaust.

Other standard equipment on the Cupra includes cornering lights, bucket seats and 17-inch alloys.Also on the Seat Paris show stand will be the green Ecomotive version of the Spanish hatchback featuring a frugal 79bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine and low resistance tyres for improved economy.

The gearing is also taller and a closed grille and various other minor aerodynamic tweaks, should see you achieve the claimed 74mpg. Both price and specification for the new Ibiza Cupra and Ecomotive will be announced closer to their UK launch towards the middle of 2009.

Vicky Parrott

Our Verdict

Seat Ibiza

The Seat Ibiza is good looking, well-priced and spacious supermini that doesn’t quite live up to Seat’s sporty image

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