SEAT’s Leon Cupra is a solid name in the hot hatch game if ever you needed one and with the high performance Cupra now going it alone, the Spanish car maker is giving the fiesty model one last hurrah with a special edition variant.
Limited to just 50 units worldwide, the Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition is driven by a two-litre 296bhp TSI petrol engine, linked to an automatic DSG gearbox and four-wheel-drive, just as with the standard model.
However, this special edition model sets itself apart from other Leon ST Cupras by bolting on a range of sports, styling and performance features, such as carbon fibre side blades and front and rear diffusers.
Available in ‘Monsoon Grey’ only, the Carbon Edition is also fitted with high-performance Brembo brakes, 19-inch black alloy wheels and Cupra bucket seats. Capping off proceedings, the quad rear exhausts will brandish the Cupra logo.
While the hatch version of the Leon Cupra has been downgraded to 286bhp, this estate model hasn’t been affected by new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) fuel economy and emissions regulations, which means it retains its 296bhp power output.
As such, overall performance is unaffected, meaning the Leon ST Cupra can still do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, topping out at 155mph. Prices start from £35,575.
Richard Harrison, managing director of SEAT UK, said that the special edition Cupra R’s success confirmed that there was plenty of appetite for limited-run models from customers wanting something special.
“The Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition doesn’t only deliver stunning and unique looks, but we believe the enhanced performance and competitive price will be a real draw,” he commented.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “The estate Leon Cupra serves up sizzling performance and plenty of practicality, making it a highly appealing model, but this special edition makes it even more tempting.”
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