18 June 2010

Seat Leon Cupra R: it’s here

Seat’s most powerful car ever, the 261bhp Leon Cupra R, has landed in the UK, and it is very yellowy.

Seat's most powerful car ever, the 261bhp Leon Cupra R, has landed in the UK, and it is very yellowy.

And fast: the Cupra R (which, if you say it too fast, makes you sound like an angry dog) will get from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and on to a limited 155mph, courtesy of the same turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder engine found in the VW Scirocco R - and, in slightly uprated form - the Golf R.

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Like the Scirocco R, and unlike the Golf R, the Cupra R (there's a sentence to make you sound like a cheery pirate) remains front-wheel drive. XDS, Seat's electronic interpretation of a limited slip diff, will do its best to stop you torque steering into a wall/tree/ditch/Peter Bowles.

Seat is bigging up the green credentials of the Cupra R. It'll return 34.9mpg and 190g/km of CO2: not quite Bluemotion-rivalling figures, but respectable enough for a rapid hot hatch.

The Cupra R gets a shorter-shifting gearbox than the standard Leon Cupra, 19-inch wheels and a whole lot of ‘R' badging. Oh, and a pair of glossy black front seats moulded from Darth Vader's own codpiece.

UK production is limited to 500 cars each year and prices start at £25,205. That's a handy three grand cheaper than the Scirocco R. Tempted?

Sam Philip

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