On July 18 at the British International Motor Show, VW-owned Spanish automaker SEAT will unveil the new Leon Cupra for the very first time. The company's smartly-styled hatchbacks are always a visual treat, and this one should be no exception.
For now, we have to settle for a teaser photo that gives us a small peek at the car. While we have a couple of weeks to go before we get an official look, spy photos of an undisguised Cupra during cold-weather testing show that it's quite a head-turner. We look forward to the unveiling with great interest.
Similarly, the company is being secretive (for now) about the car's specs, but did offer up one nugget: Cupra will be powered by the VW Group's 2.0T FSI four-cylinder, which will produce over 225 horsepower. Hot hatch, indeed!
Joining the Cupra at the SEAT display will be the Leon FR, Altea FR, Ibiza, Toledo and the Alhambra minivan, as well as two of its race cars.
(Press release and photos of the other Seats mentioned after the jump.)
26th June 2006
SEAT – A MAJOR STAR OF THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
- Hotly-anticipated new Leon Cupra to make world premiere at London Show
- Powerful Leon FR and Altea FR will make UK show debuts
- New Leon Supercopa racing car at a show for first time, alongside Leon BTCC car
- New 2006 Ibiza, plus Alhambra and Toledo also on display
SEAT is keeping the new Leon Cupra under wraps until Tuesday 18th July at 10.35am, when it will be unveiled to the world's media on Stand S12, Hall S9, at London's ExCeL. The new Cupra will be the hottest production SEAT to date, with a power output from its 2.0-litre T FSI petrol engine exceeding even that of its legendary predecessor, the Leon Cupra R, which boasted 225 PS. Full details will be revealed at the Show.
The Leon FR, meanwhile, is barely any less potent, with a choice of two advanced engines – a 200 PS 2.0-litre T FSI petrol and a 170 PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel. And as is now expected of SEAT, the car is not only desirable but also attainable, starting at £16,995 RRP for the Leon T FSI FR.
Also on show will be the striking Toledo, sporting a new optional body kit which gives the car a meaner appearance and even more visual drama. The family-favourite Alhambra, the large MPV with the highest loyalty rate in its class, will also be at London, with the best selling 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel engine. And last but not least, the new, sportier 2006 Ibiza, including the latest FR versions with 150 PS petrol and 130 PS diesel engines and even more attitude, will grace the large SEAT stand.
The British International Motor Show is open to the public from Thursday 20th July to Sunday 30th July; for further details, visit www.britishmotorshow.co.uk.