The next generation of Seat Leon Cupra may be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an output of up to 261bhp, according to an Autocar report that quoted a Seat engineer. It can then be concluded that the new hot hatch from Seat will be directly competing with the more performance-focused rivals such as the Ford Focus ST, the Vauxhall Astra VXR and the Renault Mégane Renaultsport 265.
In addition, it suggests that the new Cupra will leapfrog other MQB-based alternatives that are still to come such as the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, whether it’s in the standard 217bhp or 'Performance Package' 227bhp version. In order to appeal to more people, Seat will offer the Cupra with both three- and five-door variants.
It’s possible that there will be an estate version, representing an alternative to the Focus ST estate. The new Cupra will get a mechanical limited-slip differential so that it can boost traction. This is necessary when delivering 261bhp via the front wheels. The new power figure of the Cupra also stands for a major increase in output compared to the former generation, which featured a 236bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
As the old model can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 6.2sec, it can be assumed that the next-generation Cupra's extra 25bhp, as well as its other improvements, will help the car in achieving this sprint in exactly six seconds.
The additional power means that the output of the new Cupra will be the same as that of the former top-of-the-line Cupra R. Aside from indicating that the new Cupra could use a development of the R's engine, it’s implied too that the next R model will produce an even higher power. It’s likely that the new Cupra will be unveiled in late 2013 or early 2014.