The new Seat Ibiza Cupra will be the fastest and most efficient yet, it has been revealed. The new car will take 6.9sec to reach 62mph, compared to 7.2sec for the model it replaces.
Fuel consumption is rated at 47.9mpg on the combined cycle – 4mpg less than its predecessor.
Seen here officially for the first time, the 2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra is powered by the same 1.4-litre twin-charged engine as the old car, which promises a 142mph top speed. As before, a seven-speed DSG gearbox is fitted and a sound actuator is used to emphasise the engine note in the cabin.
The ride height has been lowered compared to the standard car and the Cupra’s XDS electronic differential is retained. An AP Performance braking system will be offered optionally and is claimed to offer “remarkable” stopping power.
Broad new bumpers and 17in alloy wheels set the Cupra apart from other models in the range. High gloss black door mirrors and Cupra badging are also fitted. A new sports steering wheel carries the Cupra logo and the sports seats are specific to this model.
The Ibiza Cupra is also fitted with the Seat Portable System, first seen in the Mii. The removable unit incorporates navigation, Bluetooth, music and trip computer functions.
The Cupra is planned to arrive in the UK in January next year, priced from £18,825.