SEAT is evaluating the possibility of a 300bhp, four-wheel-drive Leon Cupra R, Auto Express has learned.
And with a 0-62mph time of around five seconds, it’s shaping up to be the quickest road car SEAT has ever produced, beating the old 261bhp Cupra R. Our exclusive image shows how a sportier version of the three-door Leon SC could look, with a protruding chin spoiler and deep side skirts.
At the rear, expect four exhaust pipes to protrude either side of a diffuser, instead of just two pipes on the standard Cupra.
Even the standard front-wheel- drive Leon Cupra, due in early 2014, is no slouch. With its 268bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine, it will take the fight to the 265bhp Renaulsport Mégane and 247bhp Ford Focus ST, and offer the same front differential as the VW Golf GTI Performance Pack as an option.
The Cupra R, on the other hand, will compete against its sister car, the 296bhp Audi S3, the 316bhp BMW M135i and 355bhp Mercedes A45 AMG. It’ll make the most of the versatility of the VW Group’s MQB platform, with a selection of driving modes to turn the adaptive dampers, variable ratio steering, DSG gearshifts and exhaust volume from soft and subtle to race sharp.
While there are plans to offer the Cupra as a three-door, five-door and estate, it’s not clear if all three bodystyles, or just the hatches, will get the Cupra R treatment.