SEAT provides first insight into its new, high performance, range and showcases body styles, engine and equipment.
Engine, transmission, drive and performance
The New SEAT Leon CUPRA 300 is the most powerful, road legal, range in the manufacturer's history and launches March 2017 within the United Kingdom. Details are sketchy, but a few facts have been confirmed. The range encompasses the: Leon SC (3-door coupé), Leon 5-Door (hatchback) and Leon ST (sports tourer estate), for example.
Power comes courtesy of the 2.0-litre TSI, 300PS, petrol engine that produces 380Nm of torque between 1,800 and 5,500rpm. SEAT explained that this wide power band - where maximum torque is available, in other words – guarantees a “powerful response” whether the engine is “barely ticking over” or hitting its limiter.
The New, 2017, CUPRA 300 range features dual-clutch transmission that enables motorists to cruise in auto mode or select gears manually, SEAT revealed. Although unconfirmed, it likely has 6 gears and likely complements a 6-speed manual. Further, it seems that most cars have front-wheel-drive whereas the ST has all-wheel.
SEAT has not revealed performance figures but the out-going range provides insight. Power comes via a 2.0-litre TSI, 290PS, 350Nm petrol engine and there is a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed, dual-clutch, auto transmission with manual mode. SC, 5-Door and ST 0-62mph times range from 5.7 - 6.1 seconds and top speed is 155mph.
CUPRA Drive Profile
The CUPRA Drive Profile enables motorists to tweak vehicle responses based on personal preference or circumstance. Options are: Comfort, Sport, Individual and CUPRA that provides “ultimate hot-hatch performance”, the manufacturer said. CUPRA likely maximises the stiffness of the chassis and speed of the steering to optimise handling, whereas Comfort Mode ensures the smoothest ride.
The New, 2017, SEAT Leon CUPRA 300 range incorporates a wide variety of equipment. Highlights include:
- Traffic Jam Assist (automatically accelerates and decelerates to maintain a safe distance from the next vehicle);
- Lane Assist (applies torque to the steering to prevent the vehicle wandering out of lane);
- KESSY (keyless entry and start system);
- Media System Plus infotainment (that has an 8-inch screen);
- Connectivity Hub (incorporates a smartphone wireless charger plus an antenna amplifier to boost phone signal if necessary).
CUPRA pricing has not been confirmed. However, it is likely to be similar to the out-going range which costs from £28,330 - £32,785.
Manufacturer praises its new range
SEAT said: “The Leon CUPRA has always stood out for its scintillating performance, striking design and alluring price and quality. All of these have now been taken to the next level with the launch of the Leon CUPRA 300 range.”