The new Cupra wants to join that select group of elite sport compacts. Under the hood we find the same 2.0 TSI engine of its predecessor but slightly retouched. That means a gain of 10 hp over the model that was sold until now. Even more impressive is the increase in the maximum torque figure that goes from 350 Nm to 380 Nm and is available practically throughout the entire useful band of the rev counter, from 1,800 to 5,500 RPM.
All this power continues to be sent to the front wheels in all three body styles but, as an option, the ST estate version can be fitted with the Volkswagen Group's 4Drive all-wheel drive system (fifth-generation Haldex). This selection will inevitably be accompanied by the DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. For the rest of the range with front-wheel drive will be able to choose both manual and automatic transmission.
With the introduction of this configuration in the SEAT Leon Cupra ST, we will be facing the second Leon Cupra with four-wheel drive since the launch of the first generation Leon Cupra 4 back in 2000.
To get the most out of the engine, the new Cupra is also equipped with adaptive chassis control (DCC), progressive steering system and self-locking differential VAQ (acts on the brakes) as standard. The dynamic qualities can be adapted to the tastes of each driver thanks to the Drive Profile, a selector with five modes to choose from: Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and, of course, Cupra.
As with the rest of the new SEAT Leon range, the Cupra version comes loaded with the latest in technology and functionality. It now features driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, adaptive cruise control with city braking assistant and pedestrian protection system (Front Assist), electric parking brake and keyless start/unlock system. The infotainment system, with its 8-inch display, has been conveniently upgraded. Also new is the Connectivity Box, a recess in the center console that allows you to charge a smartphone wirelessly and amplify the GSM signal for areas with low coverage.