Update 7 December 2016 Seat Reveals New Leon Cupra Hot Hatch

Featured for various Leon revised using the same engine as the Volkswagen Golf R, making this a road-going car Seat of the most powerful ever

Seat has announced details of the flagship, high-performance model that will sit at the top of the revised Leon range. The Leon Cupra is the most powerful road car Seat has ever produced, and it will go on sale in March next year. 

The hot hatch will be available in all three of the Leon’s body styles – three-door SC ‘coupe’, five-door hatchback and ST estate – and all will feature the same engine, a 2.0-litre petrol-powered unit that it shares with the Volkswagen Golf R. The TSI engine develops 296bhp, 10bhp more than the previous Leon Cupra, and 22Nm more torque, which is produced across a wider portion of the rev range. 
  • Most powerful road-going Seat car ever
  • 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 296bhp
  • Three body styles available in March 2017

Update 7 December 2016 Seat Reveals New Leon Cupra hot hatch

Update 7 December 2016 Seat Reveals New Leon Cupra Hot Hatch


Seat is yet to announce any performance figures for the new Cupra, but we expect there to be a slight improvement on the current car’s 0-62mph times (5.9 seconds for the five-door hatchback); and, we imagine, this will also be a recipe for even stronger response from the engine in the mid-range. 

To help cope with so much power, the Leon Cupra comes with Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows the driver to adjust the way the car behaves by choosing between four different modes: Comfort, Sport, Individual and Cupra, the latter giving what Seat describes as ‘the ultimate in hot hatch performance.’

The only mechanical differences between the three versions of the new Leon Cupra is that the ST estate will come with four-wheel drive and DSG semi-automatic dual-clutch gearbox.

However, the Chair was keen to stress that the Cupra is more than just a high-performance car, saying that it will come with a variety of the latest driver assistance features, such as the Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Protection.

It also will have a keyless entry and start, while (like the rest of the range Leon revision) which Cupra also has a Media System Plus infotainment system centered around an eight-inch screen.

The new Cupra - which will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS - will appear in showrooms Chair in March next year, and the company will announce the final specification of the car before it. Pricing will be announced at the same time, but we hope Cupra costs just £ 30,000.