SEAT plans high-performance Cupra electric cars

SEAT boss confirms that plans for development of the Cupra performance line extend to the brand's forthcoming EVs

SEAT Leon Cupra 300 2017 - front cornering 2

SEAT will develop electric versions of its high-performance Cupra models, company bosses have revealed. 

The Leon Cupra is currently the only model within SEAT's flagship performance line-up, but a new Ateca Cupra will join the range next year. The hot Ateca will be four-wheel drive and use a version of SEAT's 2.0-litre TFSI engine developing upwards of 300bhp. 

Best hot hatchbacks to buy now

Speaking at the reveal of the new SEAT Arona, Matthias Rabe, SEAT's R&D boss told Auto Express: "Cupra is extremely important for us. And I am totally sure we will see Cupra version of [our] electric cars.

"Electric cars have fantastic performance and acceleration - Cupra and electrification is not a contradiction."

We have already learned that SEAT 's fellow VW Group brand, Skoda is planning an electric sports car but this is the first time SEAT has confirmed it will take its EV efforts down a high performance path. 

New electric SEAT Mii revealed

SEAT will launch its first dedicated electric vehicle in 2019 on the VW Group's new MEB architecture. Rabe confirmed that the brand is targeting an electric range of around 500km (310 miles) and that the EV would be the only vehicle a household would need. 

• SEAT reveals plans for six new models by 2020

SEAT will also develop hybrid and plug-in versions of its future models. Rabe added: "We see more potential for 100% fully electric vehicle, but for also we see improvements for combustion engine vehicles and potential for hybridisation and plugin hybrid on existing vehicles."

What do you think of SEAT's plans for fast EVs? Let us know in the comments...

Recommended

SEAT can’t make electric cars cheap enough, says brand R&D boss
SEAT Mii Electric charging
SEAT

SEAT can’t make electric cars cheap enough, says brand R&D boss

SEAT can only introduce EVs when it becomes affordable to do so, while the design boss confirms the Cupra brand’s looks will move decisively away from…
8 Jun 2022

Most Popular

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots
MG roadster exclusive image - front
News

New electric MG Cyberster roadster to take brand back to its roots

The all-electric two-seat MG sports car is poised to follow the likes of the MG TF and MGB, and our exclusive images preview how it could look
23 Jun 2022
‘New Jaguar will be “a copy of nothing” – in every way’
Opinion - Jaguar
Jaguar

‘New Jaguar will be “a copy of nothing” – in every way’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks Jaguar's rebirth is a risk worth taking
15 Jun 2022
Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is the fastest Ford Transit you’ve ever seen
Ford Pro Electric SuperVan
News

Ford Pro Electric SuperVan is the fastest Ford Transit you’ve ever seen

The supercar-beating Ford Pro Electric SuperVan makes its debut at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed
23 Jun 2022