Seat's 300bhp road model could take styling inspiration from this, the Leon Cup racer
A four-wheel-drive Seat Leon Cupra super hatch will be launched next year with more than 300bhp.
Announced at the facelifted Leon’s launch, the model will supersede the front-driven Cupra 290 to become the hottest car in Seat’s range. It will be a rival to the Volkswagen Golf R, with which it will likely share its engine and all-wheel-drive system, and the Ford Focus RS.
The model will make use of a uprated version of the Cupra 290's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and Haldex four-wheel drive technology.
It'll likely come exclusively with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, and get more aggressive bodywork, possibly inspired by the Leon Cup race car (pictured above).
The introduction of all-wheel drive to the Leon signals the end of the Cupra's association with a front-driven driven chassis - and also confirms the model's graduation into the segment's premier league.
The 300bhp Leon Cupra could share its drivetrain with a Cupra version of the Ateca SUV, which was spotted testing earlier this month and is rumoured to have at least 300bhp at its disposal.
The Leon also looks set introduce a new digital cockpit system to Seat’s range. Presumably the first carryover of Audi's i-Cockpit technology within the Volkswagen Group, the system will enable customisation of displays and dual-screen views and should be available with all models from the Leon up.
Nic Cackett and Sam Sheehan