More powerful Seat Leon Cupra 290

The Seat Leon Cupra and the SC coupé and five-door hatchback version were recently joined here by the versatile ST version. And now the Leon Cupra has been given a power boost, delivering up to a maximum of 290 PS.

Seat says the new Cupra 290 with optional DSG transmission catapults from zero to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, and in 5.8 seconds with the manual gearbox. Top speed is limited electronically to 250km/h. 

The Spanish carmaker, part of the Volkswagen Group, says the maximum torque of 350 Newton meters is now available across an even broader rev range from 1,700 to 5,800rpm, but against this it claims the new Leon Cupra 290 is astonishingly efficient. The average fuel consumption for both power variants is just 6.6 litres (43mpg ) with DSG and 6.7 litres (42mpg ) with the Leon SC manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of just 149 and 156 grams (Leon SC ).

The performance of the Leon Cupra 290 can be raised even further with the optional performance pack, which includes a set of Brembo brake calipers, an exclusive wheel design and special tyres.

From the outside, the new model at the top of the Seat line-up is recognisable only from the Cupra 290 lettering on the rear end. Inside, it boasts chromed trim elements, with high-gloss black available as an option. 

And Seat says that the new, increased power output is audible, too – a retuned exhaust system gives the sports engine an even more refined tone.

Seat says that with the dynamic chassis control, front-axle differential lock and progressive steering all fitted as standard, the new Leon Cupra achieves considerably faster laps on the track than its already impressive predecessor. At the same time, it is significantly more relaxed to drive, with a surprisingly refined level of comfort even on long motorway journeys. 

It adds that the new front-axle differential lock significantly improves the traction and handling of this front-wheel drive car. Also included as standard equipment, the progressive steering improves the agile handling of the new Leon Cupra. The driver experiences a precise and relaxed steering feel, less steering movement is required, reducing the number of grip changes, especially in cornering or parking manoeuvres. Seat says the ESP handling system has been further developed specifically for the Leon Cupra and enables a very sporty driving style with full retention of safety functionality. For extremely dynamic use, such as on a race track, it can also be deactivated in two stages – the first stage deactivates the traction control and puts the ESP into sport mode, permitting greater yaw angles. The second stage deactivates the ESP completely.

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