Would you believe that Spanish carmaker, SEAT, has been producing its Ibiza supermini since 1984? To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the nameplate, it has revealed a special one-off, the SEAT Ibiza Cupster, to debut at the 2014 Woerthersee festival in Austria, which starts tomorrow.
“The Ibiza has always been the heart of SEAT – a young, dynamic car with an emotional design, a good head for the practical things in life and excellent value for money. At Wörthersee, we are celebrating the anniversary of our most successful model with the unique Ibiza CUPSTER, not to mention the exceptionally well-equipped 30 Years edition – and, of course, with a great programme.” said SEAT S.A. President Jürgen Stackmann.
Apart from being lower and wider than the Cupra model that it’s based on, the Cupster loses its roof and gets a low wrap-around strip window replacing the front windscreen. The seats are also placed 180 mm lower, to accommodate to the low, topless greenhouse. The exterior is completed with a set of 18-inch wheels.
The inside is said to feature a racing-feel interior inspired by the Trophy race car. The lowered bucket seats features a ‘double-bubble’ style upholstered in black Alcantara, the steering wheel is wrapped in pure aniline leather, and has a minimalistic instrument dials.
As it is based on the Cupra, the SEAT Ibiza Cupster gets the same 1.4 litre TSI engine good for 178 hp and 250 Nm of torque coupled with a DSG transmission.
SEAT IBIZA CUPSTER – FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING FUN
- Radical open-top show car to celebrate SEAT Ibiza 30th anniversary
- One-off project created and designed by SEAT Design
- Based on the Ibiza CUPRA 1.4 TSI 180 PS model
SEAT will present an exciting new design study at the 2014 Wörthersee Treffen later this month. Built to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the iconic SEAT Ibiza, the Ibiza CUPSTER is set to wow fans at the now hugely anticipated annual show.
This innovative design study, created and built by SEAT Design, is based on the series production Ibiza Cupra, with its 180 PS TSI engine and DSG dual-clutch transmission. However, in CUPSTER form, this Ibiza concept model is lower and wider than its racy predecessor. The two-seater car has no roof, the front windscreen has been replaced with a wrap-around strip window and the seating position is 80 millimetres lower than the series-production car.
“The Ibiza has always been the heart of SEAT – a young, dynamic car with an emotional design, a good head for the practical things in life and excellent value for money,” says Jürgen Stackmann, President of SEAT S.A. “At Wörthersee, we are celebrating the anniversary of our most successful model with the unique Ibiza CUPSTER, not to mention the exceptionally well-equipped 30 Years edition – and, of course, with a great programme.”
Every Ibiza captures the imagination, with a design that is as emotional as it is dynamic – and cited by customers as one of the most important reasons for buying the Spanish brand’s most successful model. SEAT Design has created a surprising reinterpretation of this design language in the Ibiza CUPSTER.
The steering wheel is swathed in pure aniline leather and the paint work is a custom ‘New Orange’ hue, with a dark grey cover behind the classic ‘double-bubble’ style seats. The interior lends itself towards a traditional racing feel, with the design lead being taken from the Ibiza Trophy race car. With minimalist instrument dials, black Alcantara upholstery and low-slung bucket seats, the Ibiza CUPSTER has a definite racing feel.
There is also no shortage of performance – the CUPSTER is based on the Ibiza CUPRA. And that means a powerful 180 PS from the 1.4 TSI engine, super-fast gear changes thanks to the DSG transmission and precision sports running gear with 18-inch wheels.