2014 Worthersee: Seat Ibiza Cupster Concept previews a Cupra roadster?

Article by Christian A., on May 21, 2014

Seat is introducing an open-top vehicle at the 2014 Worthersee Treffen – the Seat Ibiza Cupster. Created to celebrate the 30th year of the Ibiza, the Seat Ibiza Cupster features a low, wrap-around windscreen and the absence of a roof. This celebratory model gets its name from the Cupra Roadster, as the Ibiza Cupster is derived from the Ibiza Cupra that boasts of a 132 kW (180 PS) TSI engine mated to DSG dual-clutch transmission.

Jurgen Stackmann, President of Seat SA, called the Ibiza as the heart of the carmaker, describing the supermini as a young, dynamic car with an emotional design and excellent value for money. Stackmann remarked that the Seat is celebrating the anniversary of its most successful model through the Ibiza Cupster and the well-equipped 30 Years edition.

The Seat Ibiza has been considered appealing because of its emotional and dynamic design, as cited by customers as one of the main reasons for purchasing the Spanish brand's supermini. Now, the appealing design language of the Ibiza has been reinterpreted by Seat Design for the Ibiza Cupster.

Seat designed the Ibiza Cupster to feature no roof, even replacing the classic front windscreen with a low, wrap-around strip of glass. Despite the total absence of a roof, both the driver and co-driver remain well protected, thanks to a seating position that is 80 mm lower than in the Ibiza series-production model.

The steering wheel is wrapped in pure aniline leather colored all the way through sans any layer of pigment, thus making the leather open-pored and soft to touch. Likewise, Seat has given the new Ibiza Cupster entirely new proportions -- wide, low and more dynamic.

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