Unveiled in Frankfurt last month, the Leon Cupra R is SEAT’s most powerful road car yet. Falling in line with other R hatches from the Volkswagen Group, the 2.0 TSI direct injection engine makes a compelling 195kW (265hp) and maximum torque of 350Nm between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm. Its 0 – 100km/h time is 6.2 seconds while top speed is limited to 250km/h. Moving the front wheels is a modified 6-speed manual gearbox with faster changes.

Performance is of course important for any R car but so is fuel efficiency.  An average of 8.1 litres per 100km is stated and average C02 emissions are 190g/km.

Technical systems include the same XDS system found in the Scirocco R and the GTI. XDS minimises understeer thus improving handling. Others are ABS with EBA emergency braking, ESP stability control and TCS traction control. Safety is further enhanced by various airbags, cornering foglights and rear parking sensors.

This is the first car in the VW Group to pair this particular chassis with 19-inch wheels as standard (optionally available in white). These wheels roll on ultra-low profile 235/35 tyres. Differentiating exterior characteristics include an “R” badge on the front grille, glossy black mirrors and body colour-coded bumpers with integrated mouldings. Nine exterior colours are available including two called Lumina Orange and Kiwi Green.

The interior features competition-style bucket seats in grey cloth/ alcantara upholstery, a three-spoke multi-functional leather steering wheel with aluminium colour inserts, a cruise control, trip computer, a CD/radio combo and more.

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