New SEAT Leon Cupra R

Die hard Seat fans have waited a long time for the return of the Leon Cupra R, but with an expected release in 2010 at around £20,000 it may have been worth the wait.

For a little more than the price of a current Seat Leon Cupra owners will get a fettled 2.0 16V T FSI engine producing 263bhp, a 0-62 mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.  Midly impressive compared to the Cupra’s 236bhp, 6.2 second 0-62 and 153 mph top speed.  The tweaks help more than the performance though as the Cupra R gains an extra 1mpg over the current Cupra’s 34mpg on a combined cycle.  There is no indication whether Seat have managed to drop the CO2 emissions however.

Aesthetically the Cupra R will be splashed with liberal amounts of Cupra and R motifs inside and out… just in case you forget what your driving.

I’ve always liked the new Seat Leon, I would have had one too if I wasn’t about to be a father and my Mazda wasn’t such a steal.

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Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Exterior
Seat Leon Cupra R Interior
Seat Leon Cupra R Interior
Seat Leon Cupra R Engine
Seat Leon Cupra R Engine

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Read more at Auto Express

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