Cupra reveals Born


Cupra Born, 2021, front
Cupra Formentor VZ5, 2021, front
Cupra Formentor VZ5, 2021, interior

SPANISH performance brand Cupra has announced its first all-electric model will be called the Born and it will have a range of up to 310 miles on a full charge.

Based on the el-Born concept car first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 the car takes its name from a district of Barcelona and it will be built at parent group Volkswagen factory in Zwickau, Germany alongside VW's ID electric models.

With a fast charging ability the Born can add 161 miles to its range in 30 minutes and the car will accelerate from standstill to 30mph in just 2.9 seconds.

The car will have an augmented reality head-up display among its high tech features and comes with full connectivity as well as more traditional sporty car equipment such as bucket seats.

Cupra chief executive Wayne Griffiths said that the Born demonstrated that electrification and performance can go together, adding: "Cupra Born displays all the genes of the Cupra brand and we have taken the original concept to the next level creating a new sporty and dynamic design and reengineering the technological content."

The Born was unveiled as Cupra marked its third anniversary as a standalone brand from SEAT and the company also revealed it was planning a left-hand-drive-only five-cylinder, 390ps version of the Formentor SUV.

The 2.5-litre VZ5 model will be built in limited numbers with only 7,000 slated for production and will have a 0 to 60mph acceleration of 4.2 seconds.

The Born is due to go into production in the second half of the year and comes as Cupra is expanding its range of electrified models with more plug-in hybrid models in the wings.


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