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New SEAT Leon Cupra R – UK specs and pricing released

Jordan Katsianis
13 Nov 2017

SEAT will initially bring over 24 Leon Cupra R hot hatches to the UK with the cars reaching customers early next year.

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SEAT has revealed UK specifications for its limited edition Leon Cupra R. First revealed at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year, only 24 cars have been initially allocated to the UK out of a total build of 799 units worldwide. Each Cupra R will be priced at £34,995.

Utilising a subtly upgraded version of the standard Cupra’s 296bhp 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Cupra R's power has risen to 306bhp. Unlike in other markets, SEAT will only sell cars equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox in the UK, not the optional DSG auto. SEAT is quoting a 5.8sec 0-62mph time, identical to the lesser powered Cupra 300.

> Click here to read our review of the SEAT Leon Cupra R 

Like the Cupra 300, the Cupra R has adaptive dampers but in re-calibrated form to suit the greater amount of negative camber that SEAT engineers have dialled into the front axle. A limited-slip differential should help quell excessive wheel-spin and improve traction, while the exhaust system has been modified to provide an even fruitier note. 

More substantial are the styling changes that build on the standard car's sharp, neat lines with some dramatic upgrades. Most obvious are the new flared wheelarches, giving the Cupra R a more aggressive stance on the road.

The new arches are supplemented by a redesigned front bumper with larger intakes and carbonfibre detailing, while at the back a larger rear wing and carbonfibre trimmed diffuser set off new, round exhaust tips. Some very in-vogue copper detailing also features on the lower bumpers, badging and bespoke 19-inch wheels. 

Available in black or dark grey, the Cupra R definitely has that little bit of extra visual punch to help distinguish it from lesser models. Carbonfibre and copper detailing are also prevalent in the interior too.

> Click here for our review of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

The Cupra R is loaded with luxury and convinence features that are optional on the standard car too, including high-grade sat nav, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, front bucket seats and the winter package. Bundle these options together on a standard Curpa and you’ll only be a few hundred pounds off £35k, suddenly making the mechanical and styling upgrades seem like good value. 

Deliveries of the Cupra R are due at the beginning of next year. With the success of other limited run hot hatchbacks like the , we suspect that SEAT might sell the 24 units rather quickly. That explains why it has left its order books open for possible future additional allocations. 

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