For 2010 the Cupra R badge has returned to the Seat Leon - after
a 4 year absence, an in doing so the company have created their
most powerful production car yet.
Developing an impressive 265 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque
at 2,500 rpm the Leon Cupra R can squeal and squirm its way
to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds. Top speed is a very
Bavarian 155 mph. This top end performance also lays claim to
the fastest top speed for any Seat.
The engine itself is a revised version of the 2.0 litre turbocharged
4-cylinder from the previous car. Seat's engineers modified
the engine's electronic management system and boosted the maximum
turbo pressure contributed to the performance increase. Rejigged
ratios of the 6-speed manual transmission, and anew high pressure
fuel injection pump round out the drivetrain enhancements.
In the looks department the 2010 Seat Leon Cupra R isn't much
altered. There's oversize 19 inch Potenza alloy wheels, sporty
looking twin central exhausts, a slightly larger rear spoiler,
a redesigned rear diffuser, and a host of gloss black colored
trim both inside and out. Overall it's not a bad looking car,
but it is quite generic. Take off the badges and take a few
steps back and it could be anything.