Seat has revealed the Ibiza CUPRA production version, with prices starting from 18,825 pounds. Arrives in January.

Seat has revealed the 2013 Ibiza CUPRA production version, with prices starting from 18,825 pounds.

Following a concept version shown in April, the Spanish auto brand has released info and photos of the production model which is scheduled to hit UK dealerships in January 2013 followed by the rest of Europe in February.

At the heart of the hot supermini is 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). Fuel consumption is rated at 47.9 mpg UK (39.8 mpg US or 5.8 liters / 100 km).

Compared to the standard car, the ride height has been lowered and an optional AR Performance braking kit is offered. It comes with an XDS electronic differential lock that lowers the car’s tendency to understeer and also improves handling during fast corners. ESP with hill start assist is also part of the package, along with exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels.

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.

Full details are available in the attached press release.

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