The Seat Leon Cupra has been photographed for the first time.
Due to go on sale early next year, this early prototype sports large air intakes, significantly lowered suspension and a new rear exhaust design. The new Leon Cupra will be front-drive only, but still pack around 265bhp from its 2.0-litre turbo engine.
As with the standard car, power is expected to be transmitted through either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox.
The car's interior is expected to receive bespoke elements to seperate it from the standard Leon and three-door Leon SC.
An even hotter version of the Leon, the Cupra R, is also in development. Rumours suggest it will be a 300bhp, all-wheel-drive Leon, and will act as a performance flagship for the new Leon line-up.
The model would be equipped with a highly tuned 300bhp version of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI’s EA888 engine hooked up to a dual-clutch DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. A 0-62mph time close to 5.0sec is being indicated by sources, as is a top speed in excess of 155mph.