New Seat Leon Cupra an appealing version of the beast

The Seat Leon Cupra has always been a car which was warmly welcomed in our driveway, but the latest version, which will arrive here in January, looks like an especially appealing version of the beast.

Now with an output of 290 bhp, the new car will come with optional DSG transmission and boasts performance figures which show it topping the 100kph mark from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds (5.8sec with the manual gearbox) while top speed is limited to 250kph.

Maximum torque of 350 Nm is now available across an even broader rev range — from 1,700rpm to 5,800rpm — but is also fairly miserly on juice too with a figure of just 6.6 litres with DSG and 6.7 litres with the Leon SC manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of just 149 and 156 grams (Leon SC).

The performance of the Leon Cupra 290 can be raised even further with the optional Performance pack, which includes a set of Brembo brake calipers, an exclusive wheel design and special tyres.

From the outside, the new model at the top of the Seat line-up is recognisable only from the Cupra 290 lettering on the rear end. Inside, it boasts chromed trim elements, with high-gloss black available as an option. And the new, increased power output is audible, too — a retuned exhaust system gives the sports engine an even more refined tone.

With the DCC dynamic chassis control, front-axle differential lock and progressive steering all fitted as standard, the new Leon Cupra will achieve considerably faster laps on the track than its already impressive predecessor.

However, it is said to have a surprisingly refined level of comfort, even on long motorway journeys. A new front-axle differential lock is said to significantly improve the traction and handling of this front-wheel drive car. The system uses a hydraulically-actuated and electronically-controlled multi-plate package.

The Seat Leon Cupra 290 arrives in Ireland in January 2016 priced at €36,495 for the 5D version and €37,495 for the ST.

 


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