This is the new Leon Cupra, the much-anticipated go-faster version of Seat’s Focus-sized hatchback, revealed at the British motor show this morning (18 July).
Although it looks similar to the warmed-up Leon FR launched earlier this year, under the bonnet is a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged TFSI engine, pumping out 237bhp. That makes the new Leon Cupra the most powerful production Seat ever.
Performance is brisk, with a 153mph top speed and 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption is an impressive-for-the-performance 32.8mpg.
The chassis is lowered and lightened, with a modified power steering system that is claimed to improve feel. Stopping power is provided by 345mm ventilated discs up front, with an uprated Brembo brake system available as an option.
As you’d expect for a sporting flagship, the Leon has pumped-up styling, with extended front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a jutting exhaust pipe, while Seat is especially proud of the ebony black door mirrors and special 18-inch alloys. It does look very similar to the FR, though – and nowhere near as dramatic as the Supercopa Leon racing car.