Latest sighting of a pepped-up Ateca development car suggests the Cupra will land next year

A hot Seat Ateca Cupra development car has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring as the 300bhp super-SUV is prepared for its market launch.

The pepped-up Ateca, first spotted in prototype form by Autocar at a Seat facility last year, has Cupra wheels, large brakes, quad-exit exhausts and more aggressive bodywork. The car is expected to be powered by the 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the 286bhp Leon Cupra.

It is not clear if this engine will be tweaked to deliver different performance characteristics. In the four-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R, for instance, the same engine makes 296bhp. A 0-62mph time of 6.5sec is expected for the Ateca Cupra. A glimpse of the car's rev counter suggests that it'll have an 8000rpm redline.

The standard Ateca is on sale now and will be joined by the smaller Arona next year and potentially a seven-seat SUV around 2020.

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The regular Ateca is expected to become the firm’s best-selling model. With a mooted price of around £35,000, though, a Cupra version would become Seat’s most expensive model.

“The fast SUV market is evolving quickly at the premium end, but in the mainstream, there is no real credible contender,” said an insider. “That opens the opportunity for Seat to take leadership and to really differentiate itself from the opposition in the crowded SUV market. An Ateca Cupra could have a very significant halo effect for the rest of the brand.”

Reports had suggested the Ateca Cupra might appear at the 2016 Paris motor show in September but it's thought that idea was dropped to prevent the mainstream model being upstaged by the Cupra version.

In addition, demand is said to be outstripping supply for the Ateca in Europe. This indicates there is no pressing need for a halo model to be launched. As a result, the Ateca Cupra is being mooted for an on-sale date in late 2017.

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19 October 2016
Red Devil

19 October 2016
Haha. The best way they can extend the reach of the Ateca is to have more cars manufactured instead of a ridiculous 6 month wait quoted by dealer from order to delivery!

17 November 2016
Just because it has an 8,000 rpm redline will have no bearing on what it actually does. My Golf R (with which it shares the engine) revs to less than 7,000rpm. My works van is done by 4,000rpm despite having a 7000rpm redline. Pointless journalism.

18 November 2016
up to I saw the paycheck which had said $8845 , I have faith that my friends brother woz like actualy erning money part-time on their apple labtop. . there aunt had bean doing this 4 only 7 months and resently took care of the morgage on there mini mansion and bought themselves a Lancia . view it now....

1 May 2017
This habit of adding a little snippet of new info to old news and pretending it is new news is pretty annoying. Article says May 2017, comments say 2016...

1 May 2017
Who are the morons who put together Autocar headlines? How can a car in a public place be "caught?" . Grow up Autocar.

2 May 2017
Or is it a Karoq? Everything else is.

An 8000 red line? My itchy chin!

2 May 2017
Looks like plough-on understeer in that shot from behind. Will they sell any?

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