New £21K Seat is most powerful ever
15 September 2009

Seat has unveiled its new 261bhp Leon Cupra R at the Frankfurt motor show. The new range-topping Leon is fitted with the same engine that will appear in the Scirocco R, a modified version of the EA113 2.0-litre direct injection from the previous Golf GTI.

However the Cupra R is expected to undercut the top Scirocco by at least £5000, retailing at around £21,000 in the UK.

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This makes the Cupra R not only the most potent production Seat ever but also as powerful as the title-winning SEAT Leon TDI World Touring Car.

The front-wheel-drive Leon is now capable of hitting 62mph in 6.1sec and a top speed of 155mph. Combined fuel consumption is just under 35mpg.

Filling the arches are 19in double-spoke alloy wheels with 235/35 tyres.

Inside, the Cupra logo features on the leather steering wheel and competition-style bucket seats, while the ‘R’ appears on the LED-lit dials.

The Cupra R is highly likely to make it to the UK market but this has yet to be confirmed.

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19 August 2009

[quote Autocar]However the Cupra R is expected to undercut the top Scirocco by at least £5000, retailing at around £21,000 in the UK.
[/quote] Its shocking when you realize how much money you could have saved if you got a Leon instead of GOLF\SCIROCCO. 21 GRAND for 261 bhp is great value, and most Seat's have good equipment levels. I still do not understand why the Leon undercuts the Golf so much, is it missing something

19 August 2009

[quote moe360]I still do not understand why the Leon undercuts the Golf so much, is it missing something[/quote]

I think VW over estimate the value of the brand but hey, while people are willing to pay £5k extra for a Golf they'll charge it.

The Golf has a nicer interior but £5k nicer? No, about £500 is more like it.

I'd take the Leon and save myself £5k.

19 August 2009

[quote Lee23404]

I think VW over estimate the value of the brand but hey, while people are willing to pay £5k extra for a Golf they'll charge it.

The Golf has a nicer interior but £5k nicer? No, about £500 is more like it.

I'd take the Leon and save myself £5k.

[/quote]Quite right, and the Leon looks better too

19 August 2009

the vw golf R is going to be 4wd i believe.

19 August 2009

They are over priced but some of the value is in all the details. eg the golf has springs fitted in its suspension?

Seat still seem to subscribe to the school of suspensions design that equates sporty with rock soild (I have a current model FR TDI and it is really hard - mate has Golf GT diesel and it is a limo in comparison)

19 August 2009

[quote SimonRH]Seat still seem to subscribe to the school of suspensions design that equates sporty with rock soild (I have a current model FR TDI and it is really hard - mate has Golf GT diesel and it is a limo in comparison)
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If I recall correctly the 2009 face lift models Leon's were all "softened", to make their ride more acceptable. I don't know how they fare against Golf now.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

19 August 2009

I find the windscreen design of the current Leon completely unacceptable.

19 August 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow]

I find the windscreen design of the current Leon completely unacceptable.

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You can see through it cant you. What more do you want? :-)

19 August 2009

[quote Lee23404]You can see through it cant you. What more do you want? :-)[/quote]

I want to see around it as well . Two "A" pillars good , four "A" pillars bad.

Double "A" pillars are a good reason for never driving an MPV. The farty little quarter windows are a joke.

19 August 2009

looks pretty hideous to me, and what does it offer over the Mk2 Cupra beyond a simple remap?

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