New SEAT Leon Cupra 300 is the most powerful Cupra yet

New SEAT Leon Cupra 300 is the most powerful Cupra yet

0 comments 📅08 December 2016, 09:15

Facelifted Leon Cupra gets a power support up to 296bhp, plus a 4WD system for the ST estate copy

SEAT has officially revealed the updated side of its brilliant Leon Cupra. The barnstorming hot hatchback in days of yore topped out as a 290 version with 286bhp, but now the sturdy has boosted power by 10bhp to create the Leon Cupra 300, with 296bhp.

All that power comes courteousness of the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol apparatus you’ll find under the bonnet of all but all VW Group hot hatchbacks, including the Skoda Octavia vRS, Volkswagen Golf R, and iconic Golf GTI. The Leon Cupra 300 now sits neighbourhood the top of the VW Group’s hot hatchback performance tree – however being bested by the 306bhp VW Golf GTI Clubsport S and the 362bhp Audi RS3.

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The Leon Cupra 300 also benefits from added torque – up from 350Nm to 380Nm. Buttocks hasn’t commented on how this will strike performance, but we’d expect to see a marginal improvement on the current car’s 5.9 newer 0-62mph sprint.

The ST estate version of the Leon Cupra also sees a power aid, but the bigger news is the addition of a 4WD system, named 4Manoeuvre. It’s the same 4WD system you’ll find on the Base Leon X-Perience, and harks back to the prematurely noughties and the first-generation Leon Cupra, which also offered 4WD.

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A Haldex grab and electronic locking differential should endow the Leon Cupra ST with enhanced gripping power on slippery surfaces and 4WD security. It makes for a equal to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R estate, or a more strong alternative to the Skoda Octavia vRS estate 4WD.

Backside hasn’t confirmed if there will be a 4WD hatchback understanding of the Leon Cupra, claiming the system second-hand has been developed for estate cars like the benchmark ST and X-Perience.

On the surface, the car receives the same updates as the entr’acte of the Leon range. That means a placid facelift consisting of a new front bumper and grille plan, and an updated interior with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment demonstrate. Safety equipment has been upgraded, too, and the new Leon Cupra offers Traffic Jam Relieve, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Protection.

We’re expecting order books to bare for the new SEAT Leon Cupra 300 next summer, with prices starting almost £29,000. 

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