Engineering prototypes testing the 300bhp and four-wheel-drive running gear of the 2014 Seat Leon Cupra R have been spied on test
26 November 2013

Seat Leon Cupra R test mules have been undergoing trials on the public roads. The cars, such as the one pictured here, are believed to be engineering prototypes disguised as a standard Leon Cupra.

The Cupra R flagship is slated for a launch in late 2014, and is expected to be the first Leon to offer a four-wheel-drive configuration.

Power will come from a version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but output will be boosted to around 300bhp. The engine will be mated to a DSG dual clutch gearbox. It is expected the 2014 Leon Cupra R will offer up a 0-62mph time of around 5.0sec with a top speed of 155mph.

The Cupra R is likely to feature launch control and a new ‘Cupra’ driving mode, which will sharpen throttle response and steering.

Although only the expected quad exhaust arrangement and yellow brake callipers can be seen here, production versions are likely to feature a bodykit – including a rear diffuser. As well as the five-door Cupra R pictured here, Seat will offer a three door Leon SC Cupra R.

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26 November 2013
It is not the first 4wd Leon at all. Previous versions came with 4wd and even V6's. This will be the first time that it has been an option in the UK if it does actually come here.

26 November 2013
All hail the cheaper VW GTi!!!

Peter Cavellini.

26 November 2013
Me wanteeee! Always had a soft spot for SEATs and I'm pleased to have seen many new generation Leons on the road since it was launched (makes me wish I'd waited a little longer to get my new car...) There is something attractively understated about it in the flesh and the Cupra R looks like it'll be similarly stealthy-looking. I'd best get saving/rob a bank/marry a millionaire

26 November 2013
[quote=Ollieo]Me wanteeee! Always had a soft spot for SEATs and I'm pleased to have seen many new generation Leons on the road since it was launched (makes me wish I'd waited a little longer to get my new car...) There is something attractively understated about it in the flesh and the Cupra R looks like it'll be similarly stealthy-looking. I'd best get saving/rob a bank/marry a millionaire[/quote] The last Cupra R wasn't exactly stealthy with a gloss black diffuser and 2 great big whopping centre exhausts

26 November 2013
[quote=dukebox9reg] The last Cupra R wasn't exactly stealthy with a gloss black diffuser and 2 great big whopping centre exhausts[/quote] I'm talking about the current standard-spec Leon.

26 November 2013
An estate version would be even greater and could eventually replace my Altea. I just hope that VW don't insist on SEAT making it 'less good' so as not to upset sales of the Golf GTI.

26 November 2013
AWD and DSG? an answer to a question nobody asked. If this is some sort of a cheaper S3 why shouldnt the S3 get the "Cupra driving mode" too, so that it also becomes exciting...?

ofir

27 November 2013
I owned 2 of the Mk1 Cupra R's over the years and whilst the chassis was donated by the less than spectacular Mk4 Golf, given the way the car was specced up (with Brembo brakes, full fat S3 engine etc.) it was arguably one of the best cars to ride the Golf 4 platform. I didn't go for the Mk2 Cupra R as price wise it was knocking on the door of S3 money without 4 wheel drive or the interior build quality. It was a nice enough car, but seemed optimistically priced. Hopefully this car will show a return to form, but with the new Mk3 S3 at £30k base price, I'm intrigued to see what pricing bracket this falls into. The Mk2 LCR was about £26k+ from memory (with FWD), so with the addition of 4WD how they price this thing could be the fly in the ointment for some buyers.

28 November 2013
I really hope that the Leon Cupra beats the fwd Nurburgring time set by the Megane and the future Civic R. If so, it will be a slap in the face to people/journalists who don't think Seat can't build a real hot hatch. I do hope at least for more changes in aesthetics to set the FR, Cupra and Cupra R apart from each other.

22 December 2013
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