Hot 178bhp hatch gets Paris show debut
29 August 2008

Seat has revealed the hot Seat Ibiza Cupra ahead of the car’s Paris show debut in October.The Ibiza Cupra gets its sporting potential from a 178bhp 1.4 TSI twin-turbo engine and a seven-speed double-clutch DSG gearbox, combined with stiffened sports suspension, and a host of driver aids including ESP and traction control.

The styling of the Cupra is much closer to the Bocanegra concept that preceded the Ibiza, including its larger, more sharply defined black grille, revised air intakes and a centrally placed trapezoidal exhaust. Other standard equipment on the Cupra includes cornering lights, bucket seats and 17-inch alloys. No performance figures or prices have been released, but we’d expect the Cupra to compete with the £16k Renaultsport Clio 197. Seat’s new offering should go on sale before the end of the year.

Vicky Parrott

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29 August 2008

Where did the Bocenegra face go? Slightly aftermarket looking overall, in my opinion. Still, at least it's got a pretty good engine!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

29 August 2008

Just nit-picking...but surely this is a supercharged and turbo charged engine. (not a twin turbo)

30 August 2008

I hope the dash doesn't look as low rent as the rest of the range but as Harry Hill would say

" What's the chances of that? Hmm?"

Where has all Japanese design went to?

30 August 2008

Bodes well for the next Polo GTI - That engine and gearbox combination really appeals. Would it fit an Elise? Can VW give us that engine and gearbox in a little two seater about the size of a Porsche 914/16 - or do they already? I can't keep up these days...

Bring back steel wheels.

31 August 2008

Sitting in the standard Ibiza at the Motor Show back in July, I thought the dashboard felt okay overall - the air vents in particular had a solid feel to them. And I loved the driving position. I found the overall quality to be on a par with the New Fiesta - mostly pretty good. But I hope they do something to make it even bolder inside - Seat had a bright orange Ibiza 3-door on their stand at the show - with a matching bright orange dashboard!! I loved it personally, and wonder if maybe they'll specify a red dashboard insert on the Cupra, or perhaps a nice high-gloss black. Red stitching is a must, as is a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Plus some proper sporty seats...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

31 August 2008

[quote Mini1]Slightly aftermarket looking overall,[/quote] I agree, it looks awful, looks like they've taken a 1.2 down to Halfords for a makeover and failed. Seriously under-wheeled and over body kitted. Rubbish. Lets hope it drives better than it looks!

1 September 2008

Its got Chris Bangle 1 series written all down the side.

Bloody ugly car. From the front it looks too squashed in at the sides. Shades of latest Evo rear lights and Lambo central exit exhaust.

1 September 2008

So ugly! looks a mess; too much going on in the design for such a small car

One should also not get their hopes up on this being a stirring drive. Even though it will be priced closely to it, I would not envisage it even being half as fun to drive as a Clio 197…

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