• Jul 15th 2006 at 2:45PM
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The new SEAT Leon Cupra has broken cover, and it's a looker. Powered by a 2.0T FSI making in excess of 240 horsepower, the new Cupra makes the run to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds. Visually, it's enough to make you wish SEAT was available here in the States -- something that will never happen because the brand would cannibalize VW and Audi sales in a big way.

An aggressive front apron with honeycomb grill inserts and integrated foglights communicate the Cupra's sporting nature. A downward-sloping character line accents the side view, and around back, the stylish taillights are complemented by an integrated roof spoiler and a black rear bumper insert. A polished oval exhaust tip pokes through on the left side. Stylish 18" wheels fill the wells nicely.

Bucket seats emblazoned with "Cupra" in red and a handsome instrument cluster and wheel set the tone inside. Overall, the SEAT has a more swoopy and organic look to it than the usual VW/Audi fare. It's definitely a hot item.

We'll know more about the car next week when it makes its official world debut in London at the British Motor Show.

(More photos after the jump)

[Source: Autoblog Spanish (translated)]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      We get the VWTrio here in Mexico (VW, Audi, Seat) and their lineup is different enough to think of cannibalizing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      front end is ugly.
      back is much nicer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Far too tasteful for the US. Is there a R model in the works?
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks like a pokemon to me
      • 9 Years Ago
      very sharp. I like the body line that carves down the side. Makes the VW look like an old lady car. Two changes I would make. Tail lights,not in shape but maybe some tri color rounds under clear lenses or maybe some LED's. The second change would be to add another tail pipe tip on the rear. Dual out lets would look good.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does it appear that it has horrible visibility all-around?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Thats a nice little car. I love the A3/golf dash ... its probably the same dash, but re-ordered. The info display is on the left, and the tach is in the center. But the tach itself is smaller, a little odd, it should be bigger, like the speedo, but maybe its a parts bin thing?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The way a car looks is all fine and dandy. Is it worth me spending money on?
      • 9 Years Ago
      ".....because the brand (SEAT)would cannibalize VW and Audi sales in a big way."

      That idea is almost laughable. You mean there really isn't any model "overlap" between VW and Audi, already...it just looks that way when you compare prices? And VW's ATTEMPT to move upmarket in no way jeopardizes Audi sales?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks so cool and with 240hp it is one of the powerful car from its class.
      • 9 Years Ago

      almost sounds like a popular Toyota vehicle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a Buick Lucerne from the front.
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