SEAT Leon Cupra 290 - 1

With Volkswagen revealing its Golf GTI Clubsport to celebrate the model’s 40th Anniversary, its Spanish sibling, SEAT, has announced an upgraded Leon Cupra which has gained a little more extra power from the current Cupra 280.

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Unfortunately, this upgraded version looks exactly the same as the Cupra 280, except for its rear badging which says Cupra 290. Yes, you read it right, this upgraded Seat Leon Cupra now has 290 hp.

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SEAT has tweaked the 2.0-litre TSI engine to produce 10 extra horses and a wider torque range from 1,700 to 5,800 rpm but develops the same 350 Nm. Acceleration time remains the same as the Cupra 280 with 5.7 seconds to get to 100 km/h with the optional DSG transmission and 5.8 seconds with a manual gearbox. It also gets a retuned exhaust system that gives a refined tone.

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Optional extras include the Sub8 Performance Pack which adds Brembo brake calipers, exclusive 19-inch wheel design and special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

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Other standard equipment brought over from the Cupra 280 include its Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), front-axle differential lock, progressive steering and Cupra Drive Profile.

Unlike the Golf GTI Clubsport which will premiere in Frankfurt next week, we were not told where and when this upgraded SEAT Leon Cupra will debut.



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