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.
To match the dynamics of a true athlete, the upgraded SEAT Ibiza Cupra is built with the electronic stability program, the XDS electronic transverse differential lock, and an accurately tuned sports suspension.
The sports suspension of the Ibiza Cupra is created for optimum precision and agility and is made from the tested basic blueprint of torsion-beam rear suspension and MacPherson-strut front axle. The shock absorbers’ solid structure and the specially adapted springs provide this compact car with significantly reduced body roll while lowering its center of gravity at the same time. These result to improvements in the cornering dynamics.
Ibiza Cupra is known to be more active and agile than previous SEAT models because of the positive qualities and characteristics of its sports suspension. Moreover, since the brand-new Cupra is sprung more gently, driving this compact car is also more convenient and comfortable even in long distances. These benefits are caused by the upgrades made in the setup of the axle bearing and the optimized shock absorbers.
When fast cornering, the XDS electronic transverse differential lock helps in improving handling and in reducing the probability of understeering. This technology also retains traction by employing a braking impulse in the internal wheel the moment that it fails to grip and begins to spin.
The ESP electronic stability technology with anti-slip regulation, hill-start assist and engine drag torque control is one of the main components of the standard Ibiza Cupra’s safety package.
With a diameter of 230 mm rear and 288 mm front, the standard and highly efficient brake technology of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra gives the model adequate and effective deceleration in all circumstances. AP Racing performance brakes designed with SEAT Sport icons are also offered as an upgrade option.
Based on its standard measurements, the Cupra has a weight of 1185 kg sans driver and is equipped with limited 17-in alloy wheels with low profile 215/40 R17 87V tires that are utilized as standard.