New Seat Ibiza Cupra offers a sub-7sec 0-62mph time and a bold new look
5 November 2012

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.

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5 November 2012

Shame there are no pics of the interior with the new steering wheel and portable nav system.

Considering the dash is the part of the car you see when driving....



It's all about the twisties........

5 November 2012

Like you i would have liked to have seen the interior,i guess you get what you pay for nowadays, so-so plastics,looks like a Friday 4.55pm car,ie,looks like the trimming was rushed,and to cap it all,the Radio shit!,even Mr Spock couldn't fathom out how it works,because it's so illogical, oh, and it drives like you were inside a tin box!, badly insulated too, but, it drives, handles fine, under 7 secs?..........who needs that anymore?

Peter Cavellini.

5 November 2012

Looks good but can't really see whats different between this and the concept from earlier in the year. Also wonder what they changed to improve the performance, does it use the slighty newer 1.4 TFSI 185 from the A1? Think I'd be more interested in an Ibiza with the new cylinder on demand engine from the Polo BlueGT anyway.

7 November 2012

J400uk wrote:

Looks good but can't really see whats different between this and the concept from earlier in the year.

Um, that's good isn't it? Normally we all moan when things change too much from a concept to production reality...

5 November 2012

... that you won't have a 1.4TFSI engine in a 'Polo' with a manual box.

Might rob sales from the Golf GTi by any chance...?

I've got an Ibiza FR TDi and quite frankly, it's a poor drive compared with my old Fabia VRs - also a lot of secondary build quality design issues.  Not recommended.

7 November 2012

Challenger440 wrote:

... that you won't have a 1.4TFSI engine in a 'Polo' with a manual box.



Unless you get the BlueGT

5 November 2012

Test drove a Seat Ibiza, was ok, it felt just like they had not made it as good as a Polo on purpose (lots of road noise, less sound proofing), and the Polo is over priced so did n't buy either in the end.

5 November 2012

No note in article of why its faster to 62mph, or why it's less mpg, so it's worse for economy than before, normally revisions give more mpg with better economy, maybe its a mistake.

It can't be the exact same engine, I guess it's a revised engine with slightly different power/torque levels. Gear ratios might be different. Weight may different.




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