New SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra
11 Apr, 2013 10:13am Paul Bond

The all-new SEAT Leon Cupra will be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI engine with as much as 261bhp

SEAT has revealed that the hot hatch version of the all-new Leon will arrive early next year – and it could be available in three different body styles for the first time.

That means that the new SEAT Leon Cupra will be available as a five-door and a slinkier three-door SC, but that just like the Ford Focus ST, it could also be available as a practical ST estate.

According to sources within the company, the Leon Cupra is set to produce more power than either the new VW Golf GTI or Skoda Octavia vRS, with a 2.0-litre TSI engine making around 261bhp. Power will be sent through the front wheels using a limited-slip differential, just like the one found on the Golf GTI Performance Pack.

SEAT's director of vehicle engineering and chassis development, Fermin Soneira Santos, confirmed that the styling would also be more subdued: “It will look different from the standard Leon but not over-the-top. This has to be a car people are proud to own, and you could definitely put your mother in law in this new Cupra.”

He also confirmed that new chassis development meant that the new car would not have to compromise sharp handling in favour of ride comfort: “I am biased, but I promise this car will be just as comfortable at the weekend as it is driving on track”

Santos also said that the price would be competitive with the Golf GTI, so we can expecte it to start from around £26,000 when it goes on sale early next year.