The Leon Cupra R is back!

The Leon Cupra R is back!

Total power output is 306bhp (310PS) if you go for the six-speed manual gearbox or 296bhp with the six-speed DSG, meaning the latter is only as powerful as the standard Leon Cupra 300 and 8bhp more than the standard Cupra.

Yup, it's the vehicle that leapfrogs the Cupra 300 in the power stakes; a auto we recently found to be a "well-rounded hot hatch", but lacking "panache in its delivery". The auto receives a new exhaust system. Meanwhile, redesigned air intakes and front wheel arches give a sportier look.

The Leon Cupra R will be the most powerful vehicle that Seat has ever produced, and is set to be limited to just 799 units worldwide. We'll get more performance stats following its unveil at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, but for now, why not tell us if this makes it onto your hot hatch shortlist... Buyers will be offered a choice of three exterior colors: Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey and Matte Grey.

Seat announces the Leon Cupra R a little more efficient and much more exclusive than the Cupra
Seat announces the Leon Cupra R a little more efficient and much more exclusive than the Cupra

Perhaps it's a sad reflection on the current vehicle market that, when an email from SEAT arrives announcing "the brand main highlights for Frankfurt motor show", a Leon Cupra R isn't the first thought.

If you thought the SEAT Leon Cupra was quick, wait until you get a load of this thing. Those who want a hot hatchback and love the colour scheme will find it hard to resist plus the chance of seeing another one on the road will be very slim indeed. Unlike its Leon ST Cupra brother, there's no four-wheel drive or estate body option, so no repeat of the Nurburgring estate auto record that the Leon Cupra ST 280 bagged in 2015. Happily however, there's a new version here to give the Honda and the Ford what for: the Leon Cupra R. Exactly how numerous 799 units are destined for the United Kingdom market is unclear.

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