The new Ibiza CUPRA with its dramatically pure and edgy design, high performance and modern technology, combines all ingredients which embody the “soul” of SEAT.
Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Ibiza CUPRA is an enjoyable, dynamic car for everyday use.
The performance leaves nothing to be desired - accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and hurtling to a top speed of 228 km/h. The 1,4 TFSI engine is also efficient , with an average fuel consumption of just 5.9 litres/100 km. Market launch is scheduled for February 2013… but we let you enjoy already the dramatic SEAT looks both out- and inside…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
With 132 kW/180 PS, seven-speed DSG gearbox, XDS electronic differential lock, high-performance brakes – the CUPRA has the technology, as well as the extensive equipment with innovative details. One example is the optional SEAT Portable System, which combines the navigation and entertainment functions and is removable for mobile use.
The state-of-the-art 1.4 TSI power unit is a compact piece of hi-tech with dual forced induction via supercharger and turbocharger, as well as direct injection.
A unique sound actuator in the exhaust system gives an extra sporty sound characteristic. The seven-speed DSG transmission with its extremely short shift times can of course be operated via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
The running gear of the Ibiza CUPRA with standard-fit 17-inch wheels has been lowered and tuned for maximum agility and precision.
An AP Racing Performance brake system is offered as an alternative to the standard high-performance brakes. The XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling through fast corners. The ESP electronic stability system incorporating hill start is part of the safety package that comes as standard in the Ibiza CUPRA.
Combined with expressive design
The new front end with its broad grille and very foreceful air intakes emphasises the breadth, solidity and power of the Ibiza CUPRA. Add to this the new edgy design language, which one sees in the standard fit bi-xenon headlamps.
One finds that the emotive design continues in the interior, with new sports steering wheel bearing the CUPRA logo and the shift paddles for the DSG transmission which are within easy reach.
The CUPRA also features unique sports seats with optional two-colour leather upholstery, underlining the very special position occupied by the top-of-the-range Ibiza.
The entertainment system in the Ibiza CUPRA is completely new - the high-performance audio systems can be enhanced by the innovative SEAT Portable System.
The highly affordable solution with a 5-inch screen is removable for mobile use, yet perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system. Its extensive functions include the navigation system, the hands-free phone system with voice control and the on-board computer. Additionally, there is a “photoframe” facility, allowing users to personalise their system with images, a useful notepad function and “highbeam” function which can act as a torch for users when they leave the car at night.
And, in May next year, additional functionalities will be offered on the SEAT Portable System, including online connectivity via a connected smartphone which will allow access to live traffic, weather, parking and a local search capability.
So dear reader, take a look at the photos, and stay tuned!
Hans Knol ten Bensel