This is the 2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra Facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 5, 2012

This is the Seat Ibiza Cupra, the latest creation from the Spanish manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group. First seen back in April at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition as a concept, the new Ibiza Cupra is ready to hit the market as an extremely compelling day-to-day performance car.

Priced at £18,825 in the UK, the 2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine delivering 180 PS and 250 Nm. Bolted to a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission, the engine can push the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 142 mph or 228 km/h.

The automatic transmission features extremely short shift times and can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

Regarding the design, the front has been updated with a wider grille, aggressively-shaped air intakes but also with the stylish headlights featuring LED daytime running lights.

The rear end features LED rear lights, as well as a new rear air diffuser and a central exhaust system. The exterior design is completed by the 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the new Seat Ibiza Cupra comes with a new sport steering wheel, optional two-tone leather on the sport seats and few Cupra logos.

The most interesting thing seen inside is the entertainment system that features a high performance audio system enhanced by the innovative Seat Portable System. The 5-inch screen is removable for mobile use yet perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system.

Press Release

Seat Ibiza Cupra

Stunning design, outstanding performance and state-of-the-art technology - the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra represents the essence of the SEAT brand like no other model. With its compact dimensions and high level of functionality, the new Ibiza Cupra delivers sporting performance for every day, accompanied by a truly impressive set of figures. From a standing start, the Cupra completes the sprint to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 228 km/h, making the SEAT Ibiza Cupra one of the most dynamic models in its class. In terms of performance, the new Cupra is even better than the previous model, as is its already exceptional efficiency: Its average fuel consumption stands at just 5.9 litres/100 km, its CO2 emissions at 139 grams per kilometre.

The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra takes an existing success story to a whole new level. The first generation was launched in 1997, since when the highly dynamic Cupra models have developed to become an icon of the SEAT brand. Cupra stands for Cup Racing, and the exclusive lettering is reserved purely for the brand's sportiest models.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra features 132 kW (180 hp) of output, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), XDS electronic differential lock, high-performance brakes - this exceptional level of technological expertise is as much a given for the new Ibiza Cupra as the extensive equipment featuring a host of innovative details. One example is the optional SEAT Portable System, which combines the navigation and entertainment functions, and can be removed for mobile use.

"The Ibiza Cupra is a true icon of the SEAT brand. Its stunning design and outstanding dynamics promise sheer driving fun kilometre after kilometre," says James Muir, President of SEAT, S.A. "With its innovative technologies, premium interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza Cupra clearly shows the speed and determination with which our brand is developing."

The Drive

With its output of 132 kW (180 hp) at 6,200 rpm and torque of 250 Newton metres from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art TSI engine in the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra guarantees performance that is effortless and instantly enjoyable.

The 1.4 TSI power unit is a compact piece of hi-tech. Direct injection, plus dual charged induction by a supercharger and a turbocharger give the engine its committed sporty character. For both driver and passengers, the unconditional sporting spirit of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra is clearly audible: a special sound actuator boosts the suitably powerful engine tone.

One technical highlight is the complementary interaction of the supercharger and turbocharger. The belt-driven supercharger increases torque output from very low down the rev range, while the exhaust turbocharger (with wastegate regulation) kicks in at higher revs. A magnetic clutch integrated within the water pump actuates the supercharger as required, while the fresh air supply to the supercharger and turbocharger is regulated by a control flap. The two chargers are connected in series and, at engine speeds of up to 3,500 rpm, both are active. At higher engine speeds, the turbocharger takes over full responsibility for forcing air into the engine.

The far-reaching optimisation of the engine management system, contributed to significant improvements in performance and efficiency compared with the previous model. The dash from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 6.9 seconds, while top speed now stands at 228 km/h. The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra consumes an average of just 5.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres - equating to CO2 emissions of 139 grams per kilometre. Compared with the previous model, this represents a reduction in fuel consumption of half a litre. 6.9 seconds, 5.9 litres - these figures epitomise SEAT's commitment to efficient performance.

The Transmission

The 1.4 TSI leaves the production line mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG). Its extremely short shift times are perfectly suited to the Ibiza Cupra's sporty character, while the efficient set-up of the individual gear ratios is reflected in the low fuel consumption figures.

The compact dual-clutch transmission weighs in at just 70 kilograms and offers clear benefits in terms of dynamics. The superfast gear changes are completed with no perceptible interruption in drive. The substantial engine power is sent to the dual clutch via the crankshaft and a dual-mass flywheel. The pressure in the two dry clutches is controlled hydraulically. While one clutch serves the uneven gear ratios, the other is responsible for the even ratios and reverse gear.

The perfect combination of comfortable and dynamic gear change is thanks to the intelligent control electronics and the two clutches, as well as two drive and three input shafts. The DSG transmission is ready at all times to engage the next highest gear, resulting in instantaneous gear changes. A complete gear shift - e.g. from third to fourth gear - takes place in just a few hundredths of a second, meaning there is no loss of engine boost pressure, resulting in smooth, linear acceleration.

As an alternative to fully automatic mode, the seven-speed DSG can also be operated via the gear lever on the centre tunnel or with the new, standard shift paddles behind the steering wheel, a uniquely enjoyable feature for the SEAT Ibiza Cupra.

The Running Gear

To deliver the dynamics of a high-performance athlete, the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra comes equipped with a finely tuned sports suspension, the XDS electronic transverse differential lock and the ESP electronic stability program.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra's sports suspension is set up for maximum agility and precision and is based on the proven fundamental layout of MacPherson-strut front axle and torsion-beam rear suspension. The stiffer mapping of the shock absorbers and the specially adapted springs (ride height 10 mm lower) give the compact car considerably less body roll, while also lowering its centre of gravity. Both have a positive impact on cornering dynamics.

The sports suspension makes the turn-in characteristics of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra even more agile than those of its predecessor. Yet, at the same time, detail improvements to the axle bearing set-up and the optimised breakaway force on the shock absorbers mean that the new Cupra is far more gently sprung, resulting in a considerable increase in comfort over long distances.

The XDS electronic transverse differential lock reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling, particularly during fast cornering. The system maintains traction by applying a targeted braking impulse to the inside wheel in the event that it loses grip and starts to spin.

The ESP electronic stability program with hill-start assist, anti-slip regulation (ASR) and engine drag torque control (MSR) is part of the standard safety package in the Ibiza Cupra.

The standard-fit, high-performance brake system (dia: 288 mm front, 230 mm rear) provides the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra with ample deceleration at all times. Also available as an option are AP Racing performance brakes with SEAT Sport logos.

On-the-road, the Cupra weighs 1184 kilograms (minus driver) and runs on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile 215/40 R17 87V tyres fitted as standard.

"Spontaneous, powerful acceleration, extremely precise road manners, good traction and powerful brakes guarantee exactly the driving pleasure that is synonymous with the Cupra name," says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice-President of Research and Development at SEAT, S.A. "Thanks to extensive refinements, we have succeeded in further improving the dynamics, while also increasing efficiency and comfort. The new Ibiza Cupra is a perfect example of how we at SEAT are able to use state-of-the-art technologies from the Volkswagen Group to create a unique and highly distinctive overall package."

The Design

The stunning design shows the sporty character of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra at first glance. The three-door coupé has a muscular and powerful stance, while the redesigned face with its broad grille and very powerful air intakes adds emphasis to the vehicle's breadth and solidity - and provides a highly visible indication of the Ibiza Cupra's amazing performance.

The angular line of the headlamps is typical of the new SEAT design language, while fitting perfectly into the Ibiza's sculptural form. The bi-xenon lights are standard equipment and their sophisticated design offers a clear view of the attention to detail that is standard practice at SEAT. The LED daytime running lights pick up the line of the headlamps to deliver a unique light signature, just like the rear lights, which also feature LED technology. From a technical standpoint, the bi-xenon headlamps deliver excellent illumination of the road ahead. The cornering lights are integrated into the large fog lamps.

The side view of the dynamic compact car is brought to life by its sharp lines and edges. The accentuated rear shoulders and the exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels emphasise the sporty look. The black gloss exterior mirrors set a clear contrast to the paintwork of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra. The Ibiza Cupra also comes as standard with tinted side windows.

At the muscular rear end, a broad bumper frames the substantial, matt-black diffuser with the trapezoidal tailpipe fairing. The Cupra lettering and logo on the rear hatch is a confident statement of the special role played by the compact sports car as the new benchmark in its class.

"The new Ibiza Cupra is packed with emotion. It lines emulate the taut muscularity of a performance athlete. It has a solid and powerful stance, displays its dynamics, yet has a steady air of refinement and self-confidence," says Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Head of SEAT Design. "The new-generation Ibiza Cupra is the perfect embodiment of the SEAT brand identity."

The Interior

The emotional power of the exterior design is also reflected in the interior of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra. The cockpit displays an impressive array of sporty details - while remaining clear and intuitive to operate. The outstanding feeling of quality and the precision craftsmanship underscore SEAT's attention to detail. All of the Ibiza Cupra's touch points have been given special treatment, to enrich the interaction with the car.

The new sports steering wheel with the Cupra logo on the lower of the three spokes also features pale grey stitching and black glossy inserts in the spokes. Just behind the rim are the perfectly positioned shift paddles for the DSG gearbox and just beyond the wheel are the clear, easy-to-read instruments featuring a sporty design which is unique to the top model in the Ibiza line-up. The pedals are aluminium in appearance, with high friction rubber contact points.

The exclusive Cupra sports seats are optionally available in two-tone leather. They provide excellent grip and support thanks to their generously proportioned side cushions and ergonomic form. The seats feature distinctive pale grey inserts that run along the edge of the seat base and the back support and even up to the head-rest. The inner trim of the doors also features a pale grey insert, bringing a sophisticated and tasteful appearance to the interior.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra comes to market with a completely new entertainment system. As well as being recently re-designed with a clear interface for easy, intuitive operation, the powerful audio system can be complemented by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The surprisingly inexpensive solution with a touch-sensitive, 5-inch screen is perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system - and at the same time, easy to remove at any time for mobile use in one simple step.

The many and varied functions of the SEAT Portable System include the GPS navigation function, the hands-free phone system (Bluetooth) with voice control and wireless audio streaming (Bluetooth). The easy-to-operate in-car computer provides the driver with an extensive assortment of information. If desired the display also shows the current engine speed and coolant temperature. A dedicated Cupra screen greets the driver every time the system is started. Useful extras include an electronic "note" feature and the "Highbeam" function, which provides additional interior illumination on exiting the car at night. The screen can also show visual warnings issued to indicate when a door has been left open.

The SEAT Portable System is part of an ongoing development programme. Additional functions will be available in the Spring. These include the option of online access via a mobile phone connected to the system. This will facilitate access to up-to-the-minute traffic, traffic enforcement warnings, weather bulletins and enable local search functions.

The Equipment

The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra leaves the assembly line with an extensive range of equipment. The standard package includes bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, as well as LED lights at the rear. Air-conditioning provides comfortable temperatures, while the 17-inch alloy wheels, exclusive sports seats and steering wheel flattened along the bottom combine with the Cupra-specific exterior design to create a sporty overall look.

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