• Jun 10th 2009 at 9:28AM
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Buyers overseas aren't left wanting for sport models from Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary, including the sporty FR line and the powerful Cupra range. But if the latest reports from our Iberian counterparts prove accurate, Seat could be preparing to launch an even more powerful version of its Golf-based Leon at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Packing the same 265hp engine from the Volkswagen Scirocco R, the rumored Seat Leon Cupra R would also feature a dual-clutch gearbox, AP Racing brakes, a specially-tuned suspension and competition-style bucket seats inside, and the possible inclusion of Seat's trick new XDS electronic differential. With the current range-topping, 240hp Leon Cupra sprinting to sixty in just 6.4 seconds and undercutting the Golf GTI by a good few hundred on the sticker, the 265hp Cupra R could prove to be a real barn-stormer.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The body panels on the upmarket GTI look so much cleaner, but I love the seats.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Apparently there is nothing trick about XDS. It's just software that applies the brakes to one wheel if it slips.


      And that's all the GTI gets too, no real LSD.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You're kidding me.

        Brake-based systems like this have to cut out when the activate too much, because they don't want to overheat the brakes. Also, they wear out the brakes.

        My car has a less refined version of this (EDL), and it's essentially worthless.

        It's disgusting marketing-speak to try to call this a limited slip differential. It's deceiving at best.

        The MkV has zero for an LSD. I drove a coworkers, and feeling the inner wheel spin as you accelerate out of tight corners is a total drag. Very good engine, close to perfect transmission, worthless diff (on the GTi).
        • 6 Years Ago
        right, hence my question whether you've had a chance to drive the new version, as the new system is quite a bit better than the MkV. Not Ford Focus RS LSD awesome, but quite a bit better in terms of the software and when and how it cuts in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you driven a car equipped with XDS? Yes it's a bummer it's not real lsd, but it is special, feels completely different than what comes on the MkVs, especially in the twisties.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW uses its brands to compete against one another, and each brand maintains enough independence within the company to do so. Technology developed by one brand in VAG stays exclusively within that brand for a period of time before spreading across other brands, further aiding distinctions between VW, Skoda, Seat, etc.

      And besides, anyone who has sat in a Seat knows the company is all about sporty styling and looks, not quality. Within the corporate ladder, it's considered a budget Audi, whereas Skoda is a budget VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      useless... no RWD I had a mazdaspeed3 and it sucked balls with FWD
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mazdaspeed 3 sucked? HOW? You're the first person I've read to say that! Strange.
        Anyway, the specs look really nice, but I really want to see an exterior update `a la new SEAT Ibiza Bocanegra.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front looks like a pekingese.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The reason VW isn't facing cannibalism like GM is because these vehicles are more intelligently positioned. This Seat is cheaper then the more upmarket VW models, which have near-luxury interiors and much higher price tags than much of the competition (as we know even in America). Seat Cupras are also based off the previous generation VW architecture, so that keeps the price low as well.

      Anyway, this would be a nice buy as unlike it's VW brother, it's actually competitively priced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is affecting them.


        VW does manage this better than GM, but they're not magic. They experience repercussions also by losing sales to their lower end divisions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS2LS7 that article says nothing plus it's a 8 year old article. You gotta admit my friend GM failed positioning their cars. I mean they did segment them but in term of financial benefits or customer service. That worked well of course GM was the number one in the world but as the time goes people became confuse what brand is what so instead of solving the mystery they just passed on buying a GM car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      EW.. looks too front-wheel-drivey
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