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Fastest ever Leon CUPRA Unveiled

Fastest ever Leon CUPRA Unveiled


SEAT UK has announced the fastest-ever CUPRA with the launch of the special edition Leon CUPRA R ST, which can be specced to produce a hair-raising 370PS.

  • CUPRA moulds the Leon to create an exclusive, high-performance version
  • Hot Leon CUPRA R ST comes equipped with the 2.0 TSI 300 PS, 4Drive and 7-speed DSG gearbox
  • UK to offer optional ABT tuning pack at just £500 to boost power output to 370PS
  • Carbon fibre details on the bodywork add aerodynamic downforce

Only 150 of the hot Leon CUPRA R ST special editions will be available in the UK market, with ordering opening on 9 April.

The 2.0 TSI 300PS will have an on-the-road price of £37,975 – but for just £500 you can upgrade to 370PS with the addition of an ABT tuning pack which will reduce the 0-62mph figure further, to just 4.5 seconds and will be able to hit a top speed of 155mph.

With high specification as standard, the special edition comes with quad exhaust, Brembo brakes, bucket seats, KESSY (keyless entry) and a panoramic sunroof.

Copper accents and carbon fibre detailing are forming a standard across the CUPRA brand and are present again here. Upgraded models will feature ABT detailing on the rear badge.

Styling and performance
But with all that power you’re going to need some pretty hefty control elements. These come in the form of CUPRAs 4Drive system and a specifically designed dynamic chassis setup.

One thing is for sure, with the sporty looks and performance, you’re pretty much guaranteed a big singing voice. And the Leon CUPRA R ST doesn’t disappoint.

The distinctive sound generated from the quad exhaust pipes at the rear of the vehicle will give drivers a good roar as well as, what we’re told will be:

"A visceral experience from behind the steering wheel."

The newly developed lateral air intakes with copper colour treatment give a subtle indication of the vehicle’s heritage.

Add to this the extensive use of carbon fibre - the front splitter, new rear spoiler, side skirts and the rear diffuser all finished in the material – and the aggression factor is certainly there to stay

But just because there’s more carbon fibre on show here than in Robocop’s gym locker doesn’t mean you’re restricted for colour choices.

Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, it produces 296bhp and can push the Leon Cupra R ST from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Power is sent to the road through all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox, and Seat has fitted new uprights to the front axle to improve the car’s cornering abilities too.

The Leon CUPRA R ST’s is available in a choice of colours: Magnetic Tech, Midnight Black, Nevada White or Blackness Grey – which is an exclusive exterior colour for the vehicle.

Copper logos and badges also adorn the new Leon, with the same tone used on its exclusive 19” alloy rims.

Antonino Labate, director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations of CUPRA, had this to say about the latest release from the brand after the CUPRA Ateca.

“The Leon CUPRA R ST represents our ability to make unique, exciting cars with the most advanced technology ready for the most demanding and diverse of drivers. It’s the amalgamation of the brand’s experience in motor racing and the ability of our design and engineering teams to seamlessly mix performance and functionality,”


Stepping inside, illuminated aluminium plaques welcome the driver and passenger. But the carbon fibre is an ever-present with the interior lining of the doors finished in carbon fibre-look fabric.

The copper accents continue inside as well, on the climate control vents, the central console, steering wheel logo and on the stitching of the bucket seats. Both the steering wheel and gear knob are upholstered in Alcantara®.

Behind the steering wheel, after pressing the start button, the welcome splash screen shows the new CUPRA R ST display on the central console’s 8” colour screen.


The exterior of the car has been treated to a range of visual upgrades to help distinguish it against the rest of the Leon range. Copper-colour highlights have been applied across the car’s bodywork, while carbon fibre has been used on components such as the front splitter, rear spoiler and wing mirrors.

The same copper colour has been used on the Cupra R ST’s 19-inch alloy wheels, which house upgraded Brembo front brakes.

While the Leon CUPRA R ST has clearly been designed to rip the trousers off anyone who sits in it. It does also come with nice touches like: keyless entry and front and rear view cameras included as standard.

It would be easy to dismiss this latest offering from CUPRA, dripping in carbon fibre and quicker than Usain Bolt’s dog, pedal to the metal, speed-demon. But that also wouldn’t be fair.

There’s been genuine care taken in the putting together of the interior and the great tech on offer, even at the lower end of the range, mean it's been thought through at every level, not just under the bonnet.


  • Engine
  • Cylinder/Valves
  • Displacement
  • Bore and stroke
  • Compression ratio
  • Max. Torque
  • Maximum speed
  • 2.0 TSI 300PS DSG7 4Drive
  • 4-cyl - 16v
  • 1,984cc
  • 82.5 x 92.8
  • 9.3
  • 400 Nm
  • 155mph (250 km/h)

Prices for the new Leon Cupra R ST have yet to be announced.