By Stewart Smith on 2017-11-14 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
special Leon Cupra R
FRESH from its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Leon Cupra R, SEAT's most powerful car to date, is now available to order priced at Â£34,995.
But fans better get in quick as a limited production run has been announced and just 799 models will be built for global sale in the first half of 2018, of which 24 are initially destined for the UK.
Based on the Leon Cupra 300, SEAT's R&D team has upgraded the car with a series of enhancements to create the Cupra R.
Among the improvements on the technical side are a new steering system, modified camber angles on the front axle, four piston Brembo brake callipers and crucially, a retuned exhaust system with even racier note.
In terms of performance, the Leon Cupra R is limited to 155mph and will despatch 0-62 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
In the UK, the new front-wheel-drive SEAT Leon Cupra R, boasting 310bhp, will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The equipment specification of the Cupra R offers keyless enter, a wireless phone charger, heated front seats and headlight washers, rear view camera, a safety pack with tiredness recognition system and rear seatbelt reminder.
It also has a BeatsAudio sound system with 10 speakers, adaptive cruise control and a navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen.
The Leon Cupra looks have also been given even greater impact in R form, through carbon fibre details for the rear spoiler, lower lip spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser. The newly extended wheel arches and the front also benefit from a more powerful design around the air intakes.
Two metallic paint options are available, Monsoon Grey and Midnight Black, both of which are included in the car's price.
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