Leon Cupra R will cost from £25,205 and goes on sale in the UK on 1 April
26 March 2010

Seat’s fastest, most powerful production car ever, the Leon Cupra R, will cost from £25,205 when its order books open at dealers from 1 April.

Powering the R’s front wheels is a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 261bhp and 258lb ft of torque. It can crack 0-62mph in 6.2sec and reach a top speed of 155mph.

See official pics of the Seat Leon Cupra R

Combined fuel economy stands at just under 35mpg, while CO2 emissions are rated at 190g/km.

Styling changes over the rest of the Leon range include twin exhaust tips, an integrated rear diffuser, a rear spoiler, R badging and a gloss black trim.

Filling the arches are 19-inch double-spoke Potenza 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.

New colour options include metallic Tribu yellow (pictured).

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26 March 2010

Not a bad price given this is using the same parts as the Audi S3, Scirocco R and Golf R which are all pretty close to £30k.

The latest Leon is a good car and they have sorted out the issues with the interior the pre-facelift had.

26 March 2010

What is that explosion in the background; IG Metall blowing up the plant where they manufacture the Spanish Golf?

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

26 March 2010

Wasn't this the car that they said would never happen? (At the launch of the Cupra)

I actually think its a little high as its only £3k chepaer than the S3 which has a far higher quality interior and 4WD.

26 March 2010

Well this has been the way Seat has done it for a long time so there's no change there, and anyway the Leon has always been the sensible buy hasn't it? virtually the same car and about £4K cheaper!

Peter Cavellini.

26 March 2010

Compare it to the ford RS and you will see that even if it was £5k more expensive it would be best value.

26 March 2010

Still i would pay the £3k more for the Sirocco as i prefer its looks a lot more, and has the same spec engine but is quicker acceleration, 6.0 seconds and 5.8 for the DSG. And the same or better mpg with better emissions 189 and 187 g/km respectively.

Autoexpress wrongly implies leon is better on economy and emissions, that it's lighter, they are idiots.

26 March 2010

Too expensive even with quilted seats (which look very good) This car needs to be around 20-21k, If Skoda get the same kit for the octavia on this showing it needs to be below 20k.

I'll wait for the Skoda.

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