Cupra reveals new 296bhp Leon R ST property
The outside styling is barely much less aggressive in property type, and the engine’s outputs are just a little totally different, too. The place 2018’s hatchback Cupra R produced 306bhp and 280lb ft, the R ST has barely much less energy – 296bhp – attributable to modifications required for WLTP. Nonetheless, torque is as much as 295lb ft. A seven-speed DSG gearbox is normal, and in contrast to the front-wheel-drive hatchback, right here the ability is pushed to the tarmac utilizing four-wheel drive.
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Cupra quotes a 0-62mph time of 4.9sec for the property, which is sort of a complete second faster than the 5.8sec of the hatch. This may be attributed to a mixture of the elevated torque, the dual-clutch gearbox as a substitute of a standard handbook, and the improved off-the-line traction with the all-wheel-drive system. High pace is available in at 155mph, the identical as the sooner R.
Numerous carbonfibre additions are stated to supply elevated downforce, whereas the R’s extra dynamic chassis set-up and revised entrance suspension enhance stability; 2 levels of unfavourable camber has been utilized to each the entrance and rear. Quad exhaust pipes will be discovered on the rear, alongside a carbonfibre rear diffuser. The mannequin’s entrance splitter, rear spoiler, wing mirrors and facet skirts are completed in the identical materials. There are bronze accents aplenty, too, together with the brand new air intakes, 19-inch wheels and badging. The primary badges, by the way, and maybe just a little confusingly, are nonetheless SEAT Ss, not the emblem of the brand new standalone Cupra model. The mannequin is out there in 4 shades: Magnetic Tech, Midnight Black, Nevada White or Blackness Gray.
Inside, the bronze theme continues, with the air vents, centre console and badging all receiving the therapy. Illuminated sill plaques, carbonfibre-look materials, sports activities bucket seats, an 8-inch infotainment display and options reminiscent of keyless entry and a rear-view digital camera can all be discovered as normal.
Antonino Labate, director of technique, enterprise growth and operations at Cupra, stated of the Cupra R ST: ‘It’s the amalgamation of the model’s expertise in motor racing and the power of our design and engineering groups to seamlessly combine efficiency and performance.’
Pricing data hasn’t been revealed, however we’d think about this mannequin shall be nearer to the £30,000 beginning worth of the usual Leon Cupra 300 than the £34,995 of the limited-run R. Deliveries will start this month.