Lim­ited run for new 306bhp Leon Cupra R

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THE NEW SEAT Leon Cupra R will pro­duce 306bhp from its 2.0 tur­bocharged petrol en­gine when equipped with a man­ual gear­box. That’s an in­crease of 10bhp over the cur­rent Cupra 300, with the ex­tra power be­ing teased out by way of en­gine remap­ping. The Cupra R will also be of­fered with an op­tional DSG trans­mis­sion. That ver­sion will put out 296bhp.

The front-wheel-drive hot hatch will also fea­ture a new ex­haust sys­tem, a pack­age of aero­dy­namic im­prove­ments, Brembo brakes, adap­tive sus­pen­sion and tweaked front cam­ber to im­prove han­dling.

The Cupra R will be avail­able with an ex­clu­sive matt grey body colour that’s not avail­able in the broader Leon range. In the cabin, bucket seats will dis­tin­guish the car from the stan­dard Cupra, and there will be a new in­stru­ment clus­ter.

Seat has pro­claimed the 306bhp Leon Cupra R as its most pow­er­ful model yet, which over­looks the ex­is­tence of a sprin­kling of spe­cial-edi­tion mod­els such as the Leon Cupra R 310. That car was of­fered for sale only in the Dutch mar­ket back in 2008.

Just 799 ex­am­ples of the new Cupra R will be pro­duced. At the time of press, there was no word on UK avail­abil­ity.

OF­FI­CIAL PIC­TURE New Leon Cupra R has front-wheel drive and a 2.0 turbo four-pot

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