Posted Jan 24th 2013 2:58PM
This is the New Seat Ibiza Cupra 2013, shown in production form for the first time ahead of its arrival in British showrooms in this years at the Beijing Auto Show followed by the rest of Europe in February. On the British market the model will be priced at £18,825 or about $30,000 at the current exchange rates.
Its design is virtually identical to the spy photos we’ve seen earlier this year, featuring LED headlights and taillights, along with black gloss side mirrors. The cabin adopts a minimalistic look, with new sports steering wheel, shift paddles and sport seats that are available with optional two-color leather upholstery.
The ride height has been lowered compared to the standard car and the Cupra’s XDS electronic differential is retained. An AP Performance braking system will be offered optionally and is claimed to offer “remarkable” stopping power. On the side customers will notice sharply defined lines and edges, with the muscular rear shoulders and exclusive 17″ wheels. As a signature to all Seat Ibiza Cupra models, Seat has also placed new black, high-gloss exterior mirrors and for the rear a broad bumper which frames the substantial, matte black diffuser incorporating the trapezoidal exhaust outlet.
The new Seat Ibiza Cupra 2013 is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine with 180 HP (132 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Power is sent via a 7-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission, while a sound actuator installed in the exhaust system provides a sportier soundtrack. It performs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h), compared to 7.2 sec for the model it replaces. Fuel consumption is rated at 47.9 mpg UK (39.8 mpg US or 5.8 liters / 100 km) on the combined cycle – 4 mpg less than its predecessor.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission, with extremely short shift times that can be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. The chassis set-up promises to be more extreme than the regular Ibiza’s, with a lowered ride height, an electronic differential lock and a different stability control system. Seat will offer an AP Performance braking system as an option.