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.