Optional Abt upgrade boosts estate version of range-topping hot hatch to 365bhp
Felix Page Autocar writer
13 March 2019

The limited-run Leon Cupra R ST has officially become Seat's fastest production car yet, with an optional, factory-approved Abt tuning package increasing the hot estate's power output from 296bhp to 365bhp.

The Cupra R ST is based on the recent range-topping Leon Cupra R hatch and uses the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and seven-speed DSG gearbox. It has a top speed of 155mph and achieves a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds.

The Abt tuning package, which adds £500 to the car's £37,945 list price, brings that sprint time down to 4.5 seconds. Abt detailing on the rear badge separates it from the standard car. A total of 150 cars will be coming to the UK.

Where the Cupra R hatchback was front-wheel drive only, the ST estate uses a four-wheel-drive system, with subtle tweaks to the wheel camber on both axles aimed at improving ride quality and cornering speed.

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As with the hatch version, the R ST is marked out from the rest of the Leon range by copper exterior trim and use of carbonfibre on the front splitter, mirrors, side skirts and rear diffuser. Brembo performance brakes sit behind 19in alloy wheels, while the four exhaust tips hint at the model’s performance potential.

Inside, the door panels are finished in a carbonfibre-style pattern, while the vent surrounds, steering wheel badge and stitching are finished in the same copper colour as the exterior trim.

An 8in touchscreen, Alcantara steering wheel and gearshift, keyless entry and rear-view camera are also fitted as standard. 

The driver and front passenger sit in sports-style bucket seats, which Seat says encourage an enthusiastic driving style, while maintaining comfort on longer journeys. 

Antonino Labate, director of strategy, business development and operations for Cupra, said the new Cupra R ST is “the amalgamation of the brand’s experience in motor racing and the ability of our design and engineering teams to seamlessly mix performance and functionality”.

Although Cupra is now a stand-alone sub-brand, existing Seat models tuned by the performance arm will continue to bear Seat badges to avoid confusion. 

Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin later this month.

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11 March 2019

Why didn't they badge it with the standalone Cupra branding?

Its going to be a bit confusing otherwise, having Seat Cupras and Cupra Cupras.

Are they still going to have Cupra performance versions of Seats then? I guess they will make a completely different Cupra hatch.

JMax

11 March 2019
JMax18 wrote:

Why didn't they badge it with the standalone Cupra branding?

Its going to be a bit confusing otherwise, having Seat Cupras and Cupra Cupras.

Are they still going to have Cupra performance versions of Seats then? I guess they will make a completely different Cupra hatch.

Um, I think you've got the wrong end of the stick.  This is a SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Estate, the 'SEAT' bit is the car companies name, the 'Leon' bit is the model and 'Cupra R ST Estate' is the model variant.  Therefore when it comes under the Cupra Branding it will just be a Cupra Leon, or in this instance a 'Cupra Leon R ST Estate.'  

Anyway, its a stunning car with plenty of power and I wouldn't mind paying a bit extra for the power to go through the back wheels as well.  I guess it will be a real beast of a car, plenty of power and if the handlings like any other performance SEAT's they will be on to a winner in this car.

Good old SEAT...


Whatever happens, don't get an electric.

11 March 2019

Yes, I understand that, but I was simply pointing out that as well as making Cupra a standalone performance brand, they are still introducing Cupra-badged SEAT performance model variants as well.

JMax

11 March 2019
Another VAG special edition spin off the same chassis engine etc...and getting more and more expensive as is the case with VW supposed budget brands.

I’m sure it probably a competent car but what marks it as different from all the other MQB clones running this engine, chassis and haldex 4wd system?

11 March 2019

If the hatch was limited to 24 then I can only presume this will sell in similar small numbers. Why bother then, maybe VW are just finding ways of getting rid of the remaining MK7 Golf R, S3 bits etc

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

11 March 2019

Surely this undermines the ‘new’ Cupra sub-brand?

11 March 2019

You are totally right JMax18 the colour sceme is the same as the brand cupra but it is not a cupra it is a seat cupra. also what doesn't help is the fact that the cupra variant logo has changed to make the whole matter worse

o'IOM

11 March 2019
Any chance of a manual? I find you never really get to know an engine when it's hidden behind an auto box.

13 March 2019

Can you put a towbar on this?  You couldn't on the Golf R.

13 March 2019

You're in a pub with your mates. One asks what you're driving these days. You answer: (...) 

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