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.
Cupra has always been known for its top-notch dynamics, accurate quickness, and remarkable sporting quality. The all-new Leon Cupra, however, raises the golden standard to a whole new level – in every aspect. With the DCC dynamic chassis control, progressive steering and front-axle different lock all features as standard, the all-new Leon Cupra attains significantly swifter laps on the tracks than its already monster predecessor. It is, at the same time, remarkably easier to drive, with a shockingly enhanced level of comfortability even on long motorway travels.
Safe and dependable deceleration is due to the Cupra-specific, high-performance brake system, distinguishable by its red callipers.
DCC dynamic chassis control
The vital features of the dynamics include its low weight and a rigid structure. The systematic lightweight concept of the new Leon family is also apparent on the Cupra. In spite of the significantly enhanced equipment, the new model weighs 55 kilograms less than its similar predecessor. The new model of the DCC dynamic chassis control refined mainly for the Cupra is even more responsive and sensitive, modifying the chassis’ features to the existing conditions in just milliseconds. The same holds true to the driver’s choices – the Cupra Drive Profile allow comprehensive customization of the ride.
Front-axle differential lock
The brand-new front-axle different lock remarkably enhances the traction and handling of this front-wheel drive vehicle. The system utilizes a multi-plate package that is electronically run and hydraulically triggered. The optimal locking force is 1,600 Newton meters and, in severe conditions, 100% of the drive can be sent to one wheel. The differential lock is assimilated into all the handling systems like ESP and EDS. This not only enhances the traction, but also removes torque steer. Additionally, its sensitive control brings no negative influence on the steering feel.