- 300 horsepower 2.0 TSI, the most powerful engine in the history of the series.
- The Cupra ST comes with 4Drive all-wheel drive system with automatic DSG.
- The new Leon CUPRA contains the most advanced technology in safety, connectivity and multimedia.
- Production starts this week.
The Leon CUPRA has always stood out for its performance and its equipment, without forgetting its design and its excellent price/quality ratio. All of this has now been taken a step further. Although the CUPRA is already a successful model, we have managed to improved even further.
In this sports car, you will find power, an amazing driving experience and the most advanced technology. This is how the driving experience of the Leon CUPRA is defined, while users of the rest of the Leon range prefer terms such as safe, reliable, elegant and functional. Now, thanks to the inclusion of the most advanced technology in safety, connectivity and multimedia, the new Leon CUPRA can offer everything without compromising intensity. The Leon CUPRA offers versatility thanks to its availability in three different body types; the 5-door version, the SC and the family ST version. The 5-door offers the possibility to add a more intense drive to your day to day life, the SC represents design and performance in its purest form and the ST combines versatility and dynamism to perfection.
The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h regardless of which gearbox is chosen, which can be either manual or automatic, both of which are 6-speeds. This performance is achieved of course with a high level of efficiency, as shown by its CO2 emissions; between 153 and 164 g/km of CO2; depending on the model. Average consumption for the SC version with automatic gearbox remains between 6.7 l/100 km and 6.8 l/100 km for the 5D version. Average consumption goes up to 7.2 l/100 km for the CUPRA ST DSG 4Drive.
The SEAT Leon CUPRA will also get four wheel drive in the family ST version together with the double-clutch DSG. Fans will surely remember that back then in 2000, the first generation of the Leon CUPRA had four wheel drive too. Now with 4Drive traction, the latest in driver assist technology, the Leon CUPRA ST DSG 4Drive will be a true exponent in terms of sports vehicles, safety and versatility.
Nm @ rpm
2.0 TSI DSG
* Information refers to the three models
** The C02 emissions figures of the DSG engines reflect the minimum figures (SC) and the maximum figures (ST 4Drive)
The new SEAT Leon CUPRA of course comes with the Progressive Steering System as standard. This system makes steering even easier, gives the car more agility on the trickiest of roads, gives more poise when driving quickly and parking manoeuvres can be done with fewer turns of the wheel. This all makes for a more comfortable driving experience.
Another key element is the Haldex VAQ self-locking differential. It’s characterised by its hydraulic function and electronic control. It’s also worth pointing out that its function isn’t as passive as other systems that utilise the ESP sensors to slow the inside wheel when taking a bend and deliver more power to the exterior wheel. In this case, after analysing each tyre’s grip, the Haldex clutch’s disks open and close in order to deliver 100% torque to only one wheel. Its functioning is of course perfectly coordinated alongside the rest of the electronic assist systems and takes care of applying and withholding power, thus eliminating sudden jerks when exiting tight corners. This allows the brakes to be used less frequently and means fewer interruptions to power delivery. The driver will simply notice the complete disappearance of understeer and the excellent engine performance in any given situation.
The dynamic qualities of the model can be adapted to the drivers’ tastes thanks to the CUPRA Drive Profile. There are five modes to choose - Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and CUPRA. The accelerator, gearbox, DCC, The Progressive Steering System and the self-locking differential have a sportier response when the CUPRA mode is in use.
The Stability Control System (ESC) can be adjusted to the demands of the driver, and there are three settings available. Upon starting the engine, the ESC system is completely connected, giving a sporty driving experience while at the same time ensuring a high level of safety. For much more demanding, dynamic use such as a race track, it can be deactivated on two levels; the first switches off traction control whilst keeping on the ESC; the second goes a step further, deactivating the ESC altogether.
In the interior, the electric handbrake, the Keyless Entry System, the wireless phone charger and the 8 inch colour touchscreen with all the latest in in-car tech, are situated on the central console. The interior lighting also employs LED technology, with the possibility to choose between 8 colours and can be adjusted along with intensity to suit any mood.
In addition to all this, the new Leon CUPRA comes with the most advanced driving assistance systems, multimedia and connectivity technology. Updated cameras and radar have been added for the Pedestrian Protection and Emergency Assist systems, and offer more precision and better accuracy for the Traffic Sign Recognition system. Traffic Jam Assist is available for the DSG versions that offer more comfort in stressful traffic jam situations.
Inside, the CUPRA logo dominates the white-stitched leather steering wheel. The door panels are upholstered in Alcantara® with carbon fibre details that are repeated in the sports seats. These are also upholstered in Alcantara® with perforated leather with the CUPRA logo displayed on the backrest; Alcantara® bucket seats are also an option. The pedals and footrest are aluminium plated, and there is also a second STD port available.
The exterior colour range has been expanded with two new metallic paints available; Mystery Blue and Desire Red.