2018 SEAT Leon Cupra R is the brand’s most powerful road car

Article by Christian A., on September 5, 2017

The last time SEAT gave the Leon range a refresh, it was given an extra push with an additional 10 horsepower, for a total of 300 horsepower. Despite the upgrade in performance, it was still a little less powerful than the Euro-spec VW Golf R after it went through a facelift. But this time, the SEAT Leon is at par with its counterpart from Wolfsburg, with the R version that gives it a total of 310 horsepower. That may not be that big of a difference, but it is still an upgrade.

Having said that, it will only be the six-speed manual version that will be getting 310 horsepower, while the DSG-version will only have 300 horsepower. Furthermore, just because it has an “R” badge doesn’t mean that this is an all-wheel-drive car. The range topping SEAT Leon will actually exclusively come with a front-wheel-drive layout. But if you would like to drive an AWD and have a larger trunk, you will have to deal with the 300 horsepower Leon Cupra wagon, which really is not that bad. Unlike the Golf R, the Leon Cupra R is going to be a limited-edition model that is only limited to a total of 799 examples, whereas the VW is a regular production model.

To make it stand out even more from its counterparts, SEAT gave the Leon range carbon fiber trim parts on the front and rear spoilers that come with larger front intakes plus side mirror caps finished in copper. The “Cupra” letting as well as the badges also get the same copper finish. The Leon had also been given Cupra R exclusive side skirts, along with the copper wheels and roof-mounted rear spoiler.

For the exterior finish, customers have three options to choose from, including Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey, and the premium and more expensive Matte Grey finish that is also exclusive for this model. That is not all, the SEAT Leon will be getting a number of upgrades such as a new exhaust system, modified Brembo brakes, as well as a modified version of the Dynamic Chassis Control system. The company’s engineers have also done some tweaking to the camber at the front axle.

This is so far the company’s most powerful road-going production car, and it will make its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month to make its debut at the motor show. In other news, SEAT will be showcasing the new Arona subcompact crossover and the Ibiza supermini with a 1.0 TGI engine at the IAA. During that same event, the company is scheduled to announce the finalists for their upcoming SUV’s name that will be launched in 2018.

Press Release


Luca de Meo, President of SEAT, has unveiled to the media the main novelties of the upcoming IAA Motorshow via a Web Media Conference (http://iaawebconference.seatprapp.com).

For such a special occasion, the Arona and the Leon CUPRA R will take center stage on the first press day and will be presented in a different way. On Tuesday September 12th at 12:15 hours, the SEAT Press Conference will be hosted by Luca de Meo, President of SEAT, who will be tackling corporate figures, the New Arona, the Leon CUPRA R, Alexa and the public announcement of the New large SUV Finalist Names. In the afternoon, members of the Executive Committee will give two Press Talks: At 15:00 hours, Wayne Griffiths, Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing and Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development will be presenting the New Leon CUPRA R and the future CUPRA business projects, and at 16:30 hours, Ned Curic, Vice-President for Alexa by Amazon and Dr. Matthias Rabe will be speaking about the integration of Alexa, the new innovative voice-controlled digital assistant in the SEAT range.

SEAT is experiencing some of its best times as a company. In the last four years, SEAT has achieved a growth of 30%; last year it sold almost 410,000 units and made operating profits of 143 million euros, the company’s best ever results. So far in 2017, in the first eight months of the year, SEAT has sold more than 310,000 cars, which represents an increase of more than 13% compared to the same period last year. This is the best result since 2001.

The increase in sales in 2017 is reflected in SEAT’s first half financial results. Operating profit went up by 40.9% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2016, reaching a record figure of 130 million euros. At the same time, turnover went up by 12.7% to stand at 5,054 million euros in the first six months of the year.

CUPRA R, SEAT’s most powerful and exclusive car - Limited Edition Only
The new SEAT Leon CUPRA R will undoubtedly be drawing the attendees attention at the Spanish brand stand at the IAA 2017. SEAT’s most powerful road car in history will also be its most exclusive, owing to the fact that it will be limited to 799 units. The new SEAT Leon CUPRA R will be available with manual gearbox (310 PS) and DSG (300 PS), with six speeds and front wheel drive. There are some stand-out details on the bodywork such as exclusive carbon fiber details on the front and rear spoilers, side skirts and rear diffuser, wing mirrors in copper, as well as the rims, with the wheel arches and the front area getting a new, more powerful design around the air intakes. The SEAT Leon CUPRA R will be available at the end of 2017 and the 799 lucky owners will be able to enjoy an interior that is also been given the carbon fiber and copper treatment, as well as the steering wheel and the gearstick upholstered in Alcantara®. There will be three colors to choose from; Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey (neither with extra cost) and the exclusive Matte Grey.

The new Leon CUPRA R also receives a few extras. On the front axle, the camber has been modified and the adaptive suspension DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control), not forgetting the Brembo brakes. There is a new exhaust system too. So sportier, yes, but above all else a unique and unrepeatable model, reserved for 799 of the brands most demanding drivers.

The New SEAT Arona - World Premiere
With the New Arona SEAT is entering the compact crossover segment. Not only that, but the Frankfurt Motorshow will see the starting gun fired for the sales of the Arona, as orders for the new crossover will begin to be taken on the same day that the car makes its public debut. The first cars will be delivered to customers at the end of November and the starting price range in Germany and Spain will be unveiled during the first press day.

Destined for those drivers that are looking for that extra exciting component to their driving experience, the Arona takes its place in the SEAT SUV range below the Ateca and, following the Ibiza, is the second car to be manufactured using the MQB A0 platform. Manufactured exclusively in Martorell, it stands out thanks to its design, height, width, its compact crossover dimensions, its wide range of possibilities for personalization and the most advanced technology in safety and connectivity.

Arona continues with the biggest product offensive ever, following the Ateca, the upgraded Leon, the new Ibiza and will be completed with the large SUV coming next year.

Amazon Alexa, your personal voice service
Among all car manufacturers in Europe, SEAT will have the first vehicles to integrate Amazon Alexa as an interactive voice service and it will be available by the end of this year in Leon and Ateca and next year in Ibiza and Arona.

At the Frankfurt Motorshow SEAT announces its new integration with Amazon Alexa voice service. The integration between SEAT and Amazon Alexa aims at offering smart solutions and optimizing the driver’s time spent in the car.

With SEAT’s skill for Alexa and its in-car integration, drivers can just ask to find a destination spot, the closest car dealer or a place for dinner amongst other things. And best of all, this is just the beginning, because the evolution of Alexa and its integration into the SEAT range has only just begun.

Finalist names unveiled for SEAT’s Large SUV
SEAT’s public voting process to find a name for its large SUV has created great expectations. The initiative #SEATseekingName generated nine proposals that have been selected to name the brand’s future third SUV, which will be going on sale in 2018. The nine place names from all over the Spanish geography, selected among the 10,130 proposals received, which stand a chance of becoming one of the finalists on 12 September are the following:
Abrera -- Alboran -- Aran -- Aranda -- Avila -- Donosti -- Tarifa -- Tarraco -- Teide

The brand is going to present the finalist names during the press conference on 12 September at the Frankfurt Motorshow. From that day until 25 September, everybody aiming to vote for their favourite candidate will be able to do so on seat.com/seekingname and seat.es/buscanombre and the name which receives the most votes will be the winner.

Going for CNG
Last but certainly not least, SEAT wants to demonstrate the potential of the Brand with the CNG models. Following on from the successful introduction of CNG models in the Leon and Mii, now it’s time for the New SEAT Ibiza. The new 1.0 SEAT Ibiza TGI will be present in Frankfurt as strong proof of SEAT’s trust in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a clean and efficient fuel. Compressed Natural Gas is the eco-friendly alternative to fill-in the gap between traditional drivetrains and the electric engine. And apart from that, CNG combines the best of both worlds, diesel and petrol, because in this sense, it emits 85% fewer nitrogen oxide emissions compared to diesel engines whilst decreasing CO2 emissions by 25% compared to petrol engines, as well as nearly all airborne particulate matter.

The Ibiza 1.0 TGI will be manufactured on the same production line as the rest of the range thanks to the flexibility enabled by the new modular MQB A0 platform, thus will be subjected to exactly the same test standards such as technical approval, quality control and durability, all with SEAT’s total guarantee and with all the qualities of the new Ibiza range in terms of safety, connectivity, design, comfort, precision and ride quality.

The 1.0 Ibiza TGI has three fuel tanks available; one for petrol and two for CNG; due to the fact that its engine works perfectly with both fuels and gives a total combined fuel range of almost 1,200 kilometers (390 with CNG), with C02 emissions in CNG mode of only 88 g/km. No other technology comes close to the 1.0 Ibiza TGI in terms of fuel range, and when compared with electric vehicles, the driver never needs to worry about running out of battery power or fuel. Available in Style trim, the 1.0 Ibiza TGI boasts low running costs thanks to the lower price of CNG and the fuel efficiency of its engine.

Source: SEAT

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