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19 October 2009

Seat has released more pictures of its new 261bhp Seat Leon Cupra R, which is due to hit the UK next year.

Final UK specification of the hot hatch is still being decided and the firm is working towards it being available to buy in showrooms in January.

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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.

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.

Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed, but expect to see it cost from £23,000 when it reaches showrooms. This undercuts the Ford Focus RS by more than £3000.

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19 October 2009

I don't like the look of that post box rear window.

Seriously, why launch it in that colour?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

19 October 2009

With fwd cars normally having matching tyres front and rear this must be seriously over-tyred on the back end. Not much else they can do with that much power going through the front wheels though. 19" is large.

My option would be to have smaller 17" wheels and have standard fit Toyo R888 tyres.

19 October 2009

[quote beachland2] With fwd cars normally having matching tyres front and rear this must be seriously over-tyred on the back end[/quote]

If it had larger tyres at the front (and therefore more grip at the front) it would oversteer like mad. Any FWD car should have its best tyres at the rear. If the front have more grip they act like an anchor and hay presto the rear comes around.

I had something like that happen to me on an old Polo some years ago. New tyres on the front, old on the back. The back came spinning round just because i lifted iff on a roundabout. I seem to remember Auto Express doing an article on it a while back.

19 October 2009

Thats good, lift off oversteer is good for driving with fwd cars. because when you slam on the power it will balance it. you need an oversteer balance with fwd to be fast. with rwd a slight understeer is best as the throttle will bring the back end out.

Fwd cars should have most grip at the front not the rear, its very simple. the reason its not iws to stop people like you that cant cope with that on roundabouts and crashing lol. no offence.


19 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

Fwd cars should have most grip at the front not the rear, its very simple. the reason its not iws to stop people like you that cant cope with that on roundabouts and crashing lol. no offence.

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You clearly don't know what you are talking about (on this or any other subject judging by your posts) so I'll trouble you no further.

I can imagine the headline "Seats oversteer off the road". Yes, nice one. You didn't design the Audi TT mk1 did you?

19 October 2009

[quote beachland2] Thats good, lift off oversteer is good for driving with fwd cars. because when you slam on the power it will balance it. you need an oversteer balance with fwd to be fast. with rwd a slight understeer is best as the throttle will bring the back end out.[/quote]

lee23404 is right, the best tyres should be on the back. You sound like some sort of failed/wannabe racing driver. What you are talking about has little relevance on the road where safety is more important. The days of oversteering 205's etc are thankfully over.

19 October 2009

[quote Muppet Basher]lee23404 is right, the best tyres should be on the back. You sound like some sort of failed/wannabe racing driver. What you are talking about has little relevance on the road where safety is more important. The days of oversteering 205's etc are thankfully over.[/quote]

Lee is not right, you are merely agreeing with his opinion. This is not a muppet bashing forum either so you need to find new online space aswell.

19 October 2009

[quote beachland2]Lee is not right, you are merely agreeing with his opinion. This is not a muppet bashing forum either so you need to find new online space aswell.[/quote]

It is not an opinion, it is fact. No do some research, you may learn something.

As for you second line, I am entitled to be here. I've said nothing offensive, just disagreed with you, which seems to be a problem for you. Says more about you.

19 October 2009

Beachland, read the AA's advice if you're open minded.

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/safety/car-tyres.html

Of course, no doubt yiu think they talk rubbish as well.

19 October 2009

yes, understeer is safer, of course. but for performance its terrible in fwd cars. are we closer to agreement now?

taking your first example, you had good tyres on the front and bad ones at the back, you oversteered on a roundabout, which maybe you thought normally would have been ok at the speed you took it. yes it was slower as you had overall less grip, and unsafe aswell because it was less grip that what you normally have. but if you had 4 good tyres all round as normal, but then put even better tyres on just the front, you would have more grip than your used to, BUT with less of an understeer balance, which is quicker, and if your used to it can be safer, it depends how much extra grip you have put on the front.

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