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SEAT Leon Cupra R

07-16-2002, 12:37 PM

Developed jointly by SEAT and its competition arm, SEAT Sport, the Leon Cupra R rewrites the hot hatch rule book, say the company, by combining '…outstanding performance and handling with generous equipment levels, stunning good looks and excellent active and passive safety'.

At the heart of the Leon Cupra R's performance is the 1.8-litre 20-valve turbocharged engine that develops a heady 210 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. This highly efficient power plant drives the front wheels through a close-ratio, six-speed gearbox to a top speed of 147 mph and 0-62 in just 7.2 seconds.

All this power is matched by SEAT's Agile Chassis Concept (ACC), which delivers more sporty and responsive driving through revised suspension geometry, dynamic spring and damper settings, more direct steering and new suspension mounts. The sporting package continues with 18-inch alloy wheels through which the standard competition-developed Brembo brakes with bright-red four-pot callipers can clearly be seen. All this is backed up with active safety systems, such as ABS, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Traction Control with electronic differential (TCS).

The sporty performance is reflected in the Cupra R's looks, which instantly distinguish it from other Leons, both inside and out. The lowered suspension, lower bumpers, deep side skirts and extended wheel arches give it a dynamically low side profile. All body mouldings, handles and mirrors are finished in the body colour – a choice of just three – OVNI Yellow, Ebony Black or Flash Red. The redesigned front bumper provides a visual and functional edge, with a broader grille, integral fog lamps and large honeycomb mesh air vents to maximise airflow to the twin-intercoolers and large brakes. At the rear the Cupra R sports a fuller bumper with a deeper spoiler at the trailing edge of the roof.

Everything from the fascia, through upholstery, carpeting and door panels, right up to the headlining and sun visors, is black. Contrasting red stitching on the upholstery and steering wheel and red 'R' logos on the front seat backs complete the sporty look. The equipment list is equally impressive with climate control, electric windows, twin front and side airbags, 6-CD player and a multi-function computer all standard. Front sports seats and a rear three-person bench are standard, but front Recaros with a 2 + 1 rear seat can be ordered as an option.

The above information was taken from www.newcarnet.co.uk - please feel free to reply with your opinions on the car.

12-29-2002, 05:33 PM
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