Scheduled to arrive in the UK next February, the Seat Ibiza Cupra should shake up the supermini hot hatch market thanks to its innovative drivetrain.
Good for 178bhp, the 1.4-litre TSI unit is boosted by both a turbo and supercharger, which should deliver a top speed of 140mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds as well as a combined fuel consumption figure of 42mpg.
However, there will only be one transmission offered on the car: a seven-speed DSG box with standard-issue steering wheel paddles. Seat sources say that the car’s performance is ‘seamless’ thanks to extra gear ratio and quick-shifting transmission.
A new XDS ‘enhanced electronic traction system’ is fitted, which the company says ‘mimics’ the function of a limited slip differential.
The Cupra also gets a pretty extravagant body kit, 17in alloys, red brake callipers and, inside, a dramatic cross-stitched ‘quilted’ seat trim that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bentley.
The Cupra arrives in the UK in late February next year, though Autocar expects to get behind the wheel in January next year.