• Oct 20, 2009

Seat Leon Cupra R – Click above for ginormous high-res image gallery

Considering that Seat is supposed to be Volkswagen's sporty cousin, the Spanish motor division's range is conspicuously bereft of two-door models. Oh, they've got plenty of hatchbacks and MPVs, but the company only has two models with less than five doors. One's a rebadged previous-gen Audi A4, and the other's a Volkswagen Polo with a black mouth.

Building on the strength of their hot-hatch reputation, Seat unveiled the new Leon Cupra R in Frankfurt, packing the VW Scirocco R's 265-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four to make it the most powerful road-going Seat ever made, and even matching the world-beating, competition-spec Leon touring car for output. Not too shabby, but still five doors, even if it looks more like two or three. But the latest reports from across the pond indicate that the company is planning a new coupe based on the Leon to serve as something of a halo car for the brand in the same way the Scirocco (also based on the same platform) does for its sister brand.

Of course Seat isn't about to abandon its core market, and is planning a new Alhambra to challenge the Ford Galaxy in the European MPV market. A crossover/hatch based on the Tribu concept to rival the Nissan Qashqai is also in the works, as is a Seat version of the Volkswagen Up! But despite Spain's famously sunny weather, the company isn't planning any convertibles, citing the conspicuously poor market performance drop-tops carry in its domestic market.

In the meantime, Seat's released a huge batch of images of the new Cupra R, which we've posted for your Euro-hot-hatch-loving enjoyment in the gallery below.



[Source: Autocar]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 11 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just want an Ibiza Bocanegra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seat is VW with a Spanish soul, meaning exciting, passionate and some quality flare to go along. However, that quality stops at the high-design for such a price point and doesn't continue with cousin VW's high-grade materials and workmanship. From the Seats I've driven, always with a smile on the winding Spanish roads near Granada, there is a tactile difference between the Seat and VW just like there's a taste difference between a Mahou beer at siesta and a Jever during Oktoberfest. Both just right for the moment intended.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot wheels, hot engine, ugly car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised this hasn't come stateside yet. I could easily see this selling and competing well against the Honda Civic and Scion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @bitstream:

        Are you smoking something? I can see why this hasn't come Stateside...It's HIDEOUS!!! It's got nice power, but I don't think anyone in the US would be able get past the aesthetics of that front fascia. It's one the ugliest cars I've ever laid my eyes on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bitstream
        Agreed. I thinks its awesome looking!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the other's a Volkswagen Polo with a black mouth" Saying this is like saying that an Audi A3 is a SEAT Leon with four rings on the mouth...

      The Polo and the Ibiza shares the platform, but from this to that, there is a long, long way. They drive very, VERY differently. The SEAT set up is a long way more agile, mith much more body control on the left-to-right corners.

      Regards ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing sure does got a purty mouf.