SEAT Leon 20VT Cupra......or is it.....you decide!
Ok folks, after my last video of my SEAT Leon Cupra accelerating from 0-100Mph there appear to be a lot of naysayers suggesting that the car can't be a Cupra, they have white dials, or never had that engine etc. So here is a very rough and ready video I put together of all of the photos I got of the car before I sold it back in December 2004.
The early pics show the car at Silverstone being displayed in the paddock as part of a SEATCupra.net display.
There are some in the middle that show the Cupra badging.
Then some taken with the car that replaced it, a Saab 9-3 Vector Sport, this was a complete let-down after the SEAT, went wrong more than it went right, it was like having it on a timeshare with the dealer!! Nice and comfy and fast when it did go though!
I then replaced that with an Audi A4 Cabriolet in December 2007 and am due to change that for an Audi S5 later this year.
If you want to continue the discussion then feel free, it just ruins the illusion that I drove a Cupra for 3 years and 70,000 miles when I consider that the dealership must have stuck the Cupra badge on and retro-fitted the 6-speed gearbox, the 1.8 20VT engine, the leather electrically adjustable seats, the folding mirrors, the 6-disc multichanger etc.
Seriously 20VT Sport, Cupra whatever...the badging was Cupra and the car was great! I'd have another, had SEAT not seriously cheapened the interior in the new model, much cheaper plastics and no soundproofing in the bulkhead.....so loud inside....or maybe I have just gone soft having driven an Audi for a few years!
2013 SEAT Leon Cup Racer - Commitment to customer racing
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SEAT LEON CUP RACER - COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMER RACING
Reifnitz, May 2013. -- SEAT is stating its unequivocal commitment to
motorsport and to its customers racing teams at the legendary GTI meet in
the Austrian region of Kärnten. The undeniable hero on the SEAT stand in
the town of Reifnitz on the south bank of the Wörthersee is the new Leon
Cup Racer. It already gives a very clear indication of what a SEAT touring
car racer might look like, prepared for a wide range of racing series
worldwide. The 330 hp / 243 kW Leon Cup Racer forms the basis for the
development work and test drives to be undertaken over the coming months.
The Cup Racer will be joined on the SEAT stand by five more, extremely
fiery and individually equipped versions of the Ibiza and Leon models, as
well as an extensive programme for fans of the Spanish brand. At this
year's GTI meet -- the 32nd held so far -- organisers are once again
reckoning with well over 100,000 visitors over the four show days.
"Motorsport is deeply anchored in our brand; SEAT has more than 40 years of
racing history and, with the Leon Cup Racer, we are now writing the next
chapter for our highly motivated customer teams. The Cup Racer is not a
show model, but the first test car for our development work," says Dr.
Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development.
"The new generation of the SEAT Leon provides a compelling basis; its
sporty qualities are highly acclaimed by customers and motoring journalists
alike. With the racing version, we are building on from the great sporty
success of recent years."
UNMISTAKEABLE DESIGN DNA, OUTSTANDING AERODYNAMICS
The Cup Racer, which is based on the five-door Leon and painted in metallic
matte grey with orange accents, cuts a visually stunning figure. It's
incredibly powerful stance on 18-inch racing wheels comes from a track that
is no less than 40 centimetres wider than that of the series-production
The new front end is laid out for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and
maximum airflow to the engine and brake system; while the mighty wheel
arches with their openings on the trailing edge aid the cooling effect on
the four-piston brake system. The sills are heavily flared and, together
with the front spoiler, the smooth under body, the rear diffuser and the
two-phase roof spoiler mounted on a support, achieve maximum down force for
Yet, even in the Cup Racer, the design DNA of the Leon remains fully
intact: the distinctive full-LED headlamps with the highly individual
signature of their daytime running lights have been carried over from the
series-production model, as have the LED rear lights. The roofline contour
is also the same as on the series-production model, just like the
characteristic lines and precise blisters of the side view.
MAXIMUM CONTROL, PERFECT SAFETY
The interior of the Leon Cup Racer is also ready for the track. Systematic
weight reduction and a carefully minimalist approach define the inside of
the car, which is protected by a high-strength roll cage. The bucket seat
with HANS head-protection system also offers optimum safety. It is
upholstered with specially developed leather that is exceptionally good at
regulating moisture. The base form of the series-production cockpit is
retained, although the race car's driver information and controls are
concentrated firmly on the multi-function steering wheel and the
high-resolution TFT display behind it, ensuring that the driver always
maintains maximum control over his racing machine.
Seat Leon SC 1,8 TSI - acceleration 0-225 km/h, Vmax test and more
Very good acceleration and top speed, but really awesome agility in low and
middle revs. See all the accelerations on individual gears. This car
(weights just 1 232 kg) is capable to go from 50 to 200 km/h on 7th gear
under 50 seconds. Much better than in the first review, maybe some new
setup for the serial production. This car is seriously claimed to be bone
stock with no aftermarket mods. More at:
VW Golf R vs Seat Leon Cupra ALGER
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(310hp) +K&N Typhoon cold air intake