Currently reading: Updated: Cupra Formentor prototype seen with five-cylinder engine
Cupra confirms range-topping model is being considered, could develop nearly 400bhp from Audi-sourced five-pot
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15 October 2020

Cupra has confirmed it is developing a hotter version of the Formentor SUV - and prototype shots suggest it will sport a near-400bhp five-cylinder engine. 

The Spanish brand, formerly a sub-division of Seat, has only just launched the Formentor with a 306bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and a 242bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain. However, it seems the line-up won't stop there. 

In a statement sent to Autocar, Cupra has officially confirmed it is "considering a more powerful version of Formentor, the ultimate expression of high performance from the CUPRA brand.”

Spy photographers caught an undisguised test mule sporting unusual stacked quad exhausts not seen on the production car. They also reported a distinctive five-cylinder engine note as it went past. Similar prototypes have been seen (and heard) in previous months. 

Cupra has recently registered the Formentor name with the acronym VZ alongside. Rumours suggest it could be used as a range-topping performance model in the same way that the RS badge is used by Audi - although it has also been used for a limited-run "VZ Edition" Formentor. 

Indeed, the only five-cylinder engine in the Volkswagen Group stable is Audi's 2.5-litre unit, which finds service in the RS Q3, RS3 and TT RS. It makes 394bhp in those cars, and it's likely that output would be retained for a potential Cupra flagship. 

The current fastest Formentor, the 2.0 TFSI, is capable of 0-62mph in 4.9sec and a top speed of 155mph. While the top speed of a five-cylinder flagship would likely be similarly limited, we would expect the 0-62mph time to fall to around the 4.0sec mark.

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15 October 2020

 I really think cars this size shouldn't go this fast, why were they in the first place?

15 October 2020

So does that mean we lose all the Ferrari's, Lambo's McLarens which are all smaller over all, i suppose you berated the now roughly 30 year old Jaguar XJ220, F40 and Diablo for topping out at arund the 200mph mark, cars today are far safer than cars, even 20 years ago, yet they could do those speeds then.All our cars bar one, which was capable of that speed when new, but we wouldnt take it there now, as he will be 20 years old next year, but still tops 100mph with ease, are capable of toppin gout at 155mph, yet we have only taken a couple of them to those speeds, in Germany when on a Euro Tours, one of which was the RR Velar, and that was as stable and safe as the Mustang we took the following year, so speed these days, is danagerous yes, but cars are more than capable of dealing with it.Or would you prefer to go back to wandering in front of your new Ford KA with a Red flag... :-)

15 October 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I really think cars this size shouldn't go this fast, why were they in the first place?

Yet of the 460hp B3 estate you said, nice car Id have one. 

15 October 2020
xxxx wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I really think cars this size shouldn't go this fast, why were they in the first place?

Yet of the 460hp B3 estate you said, nice car Id have one. 

Well caught!

That dude posts in almost every article, mostly drivel, maybe he works for Autocar.

15 October 2020

 Yes, I know cars are safer these days, but, who came up with the concept of vehicles like this going as fast as a sports car?! Ok, I might have been a bit hypocritical, but, I can see the logic of a face estate, SUV used to be utility vehicles, work horses, hose out interiors etc etc, now, most aren't,and, yes, 8 suppose you'd get used to being in a two, two and half ton vehicle capable of high speeds, but I'm not so sure all of them handle well, so, again, it's the reason why someone thought sticking a whacking great big V8 500hp was a jolly good idea?

15 October 2020
A car with a sh*t ton of power doesn't necessarily need to go round corners. If I was buying this id have a family and no time to be wasting inside a car with the b*st*rds so id want to get home REALLY QUICK, shooting off from traffic lights and laughing in the face of some w*nk*r with a 1.5 Ford. Enjoy your family, loser, id say.
Something like that.

15 October 2020

For someone so annoyed by them, you've obviously read all of PC's posts. This is a forum for car enthusiasts to share their thoughts, I'd say there are others for bullies. Go find one and skulk about there with your thumb muscles. 

15 October 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I really think cars this size shouldn't go this fast, why were they in the first place?

This car is the same height as a Vauxhall Astra estate and the best part of a foot shorter, it's just a hatchback, a bloated Leon, not some monster SUV.  Not saying I don't like it, just a bit of perspective.

15 October 2020

as opposed to a 300bhp Golf? or a 600bhp audi RS6?

 

15 October 2020
I shouldn't, but I find this quite desirable

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