A 300-hp version has already been confirmed, but is this it?
Hot on the heels of last week’s rumors of a stronger Leon Cupra, today we are bringing a fresh set of spy images showing what appears to be a more hardcore version of the already hot hatch. According to the latest gossip, SEAT has plans to drop the 280-hp model from the range in order to replace it with the Leon Cupra 290 to serve as the entry-level version. On top of it will sit a beefier 300-hp model and it’s likely the one we’re seeing here.
Sources close to the Spanish marque have also revealed plans for an all-wheel drive version, but only for the more practical ST wagon body style. However, Autocar is now saying the hatchback is going to receive the AWD treatment as well, and this might actually be it seeing as how it has quad exhaust tips much like its German brother, the VW Golf R. Also noticeable are wider front fenders and that might be a sign of beefier tracks for what could be called Leon Cupra R.
The same 300 horsepower + AWD hardware combo is expected to find its way inside the Ateca Cupra spotted testing several days ago and due to arrive before the end of 2017.
Meanwhile, the facelifted Leon Cupra in three-door coupe, five-door hatchback and wagon flavors will allegedly debut in February, following the regular model’s refresh introduced almost a month ago. Besides the extra 10 horsepower and AWD system, the 2017 Cupra models will also benefit from the same subtle cosmetic tweaks and tech updates implemented on the lesser versions of the range. These include a new 8-inch infotainment system, Traffic Jam Assist, and support for wireless smartphone charging.
As a final note, the VW Golf facelift has gained a brand new seven-speed DSG to replace the existing six-speed ‘box and chances are the Cupra models will get it as well.