Seat To Release 265bhp Leon Cupra R?

Rumours are circulating that Seat are planning to announce a 265bhp version of the Leon Cupra at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

By borrowing the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine from the new Volkswagen Scirocco R, the more powerful hatch would probably be badged as a Leon Cupra R to distinguish it from the standard Cupra. As well as a healthy power boost, it could also receive the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, new AP Racing brakes, re-tuned suspension and even racing-style bucket seats on the inside.

Should the Leon Cupra R make it into production it is likely to give the Volkswagen Golf R a tough fight in the showrooms. The current Leon Cupra is more powerful and a few hundred quid cheaper than the Golf GTI, and there’s no reason to expect that to be any different when the two super hatches go on sale next year.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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