SEAT Leon Cupra R launches in the UK

Nine months after its debut in Frankfurt, the Seat Leon Cupra R has gone on sale in the UK.  The new model uses a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 261 horsepower (195 kW / 265 PS), more than ten percent higher than the Leon Cupra.

Still, this is not the “most potent Leon yet,” as claimed by the automaker in a press release.  Though strong, the Dutch market’s limited edition Cupra 310 gets the benefit of 306 hp (228 kW / 310 PS), while the German market has access to the Cupra Edition, which has access to 282 hp (210 kW / 286 PS).

Drivers will be pleased with the 350 Nm of torque, an increase of 17 percent over the Cupra, and the short-throw six-speed gearbox.  The Cupra R has 1.9 bar turbo pressure at maximum output, and 2.2 bar pressure at maximum torque (1.8 bar standard)), and features high-pressure fuel pump to boot.  The performance upgrades let the car sprint from 0 to 62mph in 6.2 seconds, on its way to a 155mph top speed.

At the same time, the car gets 34.9 mpg, while spewing out only 190 grams of CO2 per kilometer.  Other features include XDS, a system that retools the anti-lock brakes to mimic a limited slip differential.  Stability control, traction control, and emergency brake assistance is also included.

Also seen on the car are 19-inch Potenza wheels, available in silver or white, glossy black details, a rear diffuser, spoiler, and center-mounted dual exhaust tailpipes.

Customers in the UK can expect to pay £25,205, with production held to just 500 units per year.  The first Seat Leon Cupra R will be delivered imminently

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