Mar 3, 2014
all-new SEAT Leon Cupra and Cupra 280
/ Two versions
of the new Leon flagship: Cupra and Cupra 280
/ New Leon Cupra 280 is SEAT’s most powerful series production car ever
/ New 2.0-litre engine combines
razor-sharp responsiveness with surprising efficiency, in 265 PS and 280 PS guises
/ Cupra 280 DSG completes 0-62 mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds,
yet returns 42.2 mpg; every
Cupra hits 62 mph in less than six seconds
/ Order books open today (8 January) with prices from just £25,690
/ First deliveries expected
early March 2014
Tomorrow SEAT will officially release the quickest and most powerful
series production car it has ever
made: the SEAT Leon Cupra 280.
The Cupra 280 sits at the top of a five-strong family of brand new Cupra models that begins with the 265 PS Leon SC Cupra and ends with the five-door Cupra 280 DSG. Here’s the range at a glance:
Leon Cupra completes the benchmark
0-62 mph sprint
in less than six seconds, while all manual versions
return exceptional 44.1 mpg average fuel consumption.
The drive: stunning performance as
Cupra stands for power, performance
and dynamics – and the new Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 have all those qualities in
abundance. The Cupra 280, with optional DSG transmission, catapults from zero
to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds, or 5.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox
equipped; every Cupra model has a 155 mph limited top speed.
The 350 Nm maximum torque of both
versions spreads from just 1,750 rpm all the way up to 5,300 rpm, guaranteeing
impressive pulling power and overtaking flexibility.
Against this, the new Leon Cupra is
astonishingly efficient. The average fuel consumption for both power variants
is just 44.1 mpg with a manual gearbox equipped, and 42.2 mpg with DSG. This
equates to CO2 figures of just 149 g/km and 155 g/km; by comparison the second
generation Leon Cupra R with 265 PS emitted 190 g/km CO2.
The engine: cutting edge technology
As a true sports engine, the 2.0 TSI
turbo petrol unit of the Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 reacts spontaneously to every
movement of the accelerator pedal and is wonderfully high revving. This is
paired with a rich and refined sound that is aided and modulated by a standard
The all-new power unit, with its
exceptionally responsive turbocharger, is packed with hi- tech and
ground-breaking features. The dual-injection system, for example, combines
direct injection with manifold injection under partial load, which optimises
fuel economy and reduces particulate emissions. Cylinder fill is always in the
optimum range: the camshafts are adjustable, with the valve lift system
regulating opening on the exhaust side. The exhaust manifold is integrated into
the cylinder head and is part of the intelligent thermal management system. In
addition, a new kind of coating on the aluminium pistons and the bearings keeps
friction to a minimum.
And like every other Leon in the
range, the Cupra efficiency package also includes Start/Stop and Energy
In the UK, additional standard
equipment for the Leon Cupra over and above the FR model (and the
aforementioned styling details) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, full-LED
headlights, DAB digital radio, SEAT Media System Plus, aluminium front door
sill trims with Cupra logo, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
The Cupra 280 is distinguishable by
its standard 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior
mouldings and frames, black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra
logo, and black interior inserts. Satellite navigation comes as standard with the
Cupra 280, too.
Cupra Drive Profile
The Cupra Drive Profile enables the
characteristics of the new Leon Cupra to be adapted across a very wide range to
meet the individual preferences of the driver. Alongside the Comfort and Sport
modes, the Cupra mode was a focal point for the engineers in Martorell.
Throttle response is particularly sensitive in this setting, while the DSG
operates in its sportiest shifting
mode and the sound actuator accentuates the full tone of the turbocharged
engine. DCC dynamic chassis control, progressive steering and the front-axle
differential lock also operate at their sportiest settings.
The SEAT Leon Cupra is officially launched tomorrow and available to test drive on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at Pulman SEAT. For more information please go to our website http://www.pulmanseat.co.uk/. Or contact us on 0191 549 2926.