Hot new Seats shown before Barcelona motor show
17 April 2009

Seat has unveiled two new performance models – the Leon Cupra and Ibiza FR.

The Cupra badge is reserved for the fastest versions of any Seat model, and the Leon will be powered by a 237bhp version of the 2.0-litre TSI engine.

Top speed is 153mph, while 0-62 mph takes 6.4sec. Despite this, average fuel consumption is an impressive 34mpg.

Visually the Leon Cupra follows the standard hot Seat formula, with a large central honeycomb grille in the front bumper, with the word 'Cupra' in white lettering.

The rear bumper features a large matt black section and there is a large oval tailpipe.

The car sits lower than other Leons, on 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

Inside there is a leather-covered flat bottom steering wheel with aluminium colour inserts, deep bucket seats, and aluminium pedals.

The new Leon Cupra features standard equipment such as the new XDS system (an electronic system which mimics the function of a mechanical limited slip differential), anti-lock brakes and traction control, and stability control with electronic brake assist emergency braking.

The Ibiza FR is fitted with a 148bhp twincharged 1.4 TSI engine, which has a supercharger and turbocharger.

This is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles fitted as standard.

The Ibiza gets new bumpers with a central grille and 17-inch alloys.

Inside there is a specific instrument panel with new seats.

Our Verdict

Seat Leon 5dr hatch

Seat's third-generation Leon is attractive and capable, but it can't quite reach the benchmark set by the imperious Volkswagen Golf

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Both cars will debut at the Barcelona motor show in May, with UK sales commencing around July for the Leon Cupra and September for the Ibiza FR.

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