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Cupra plus copper: new Seat Leon Cupra R price revealed

Published: 14 November 2017

► Seat Leon Cupra R
► 310PS and copper bits!
► Yours for £35k

Seat’s hot Leon just got hotter. This is the Seat Leon Cupra R, the latest version of the Leon hot hatch that now takes the accolade as the most powerful production Seat ever.

Its price has just been revealed: if you want one you’ll have to fork out £34,995 for one of only 24 versions arriving on UK shores out of the total 799 being made.

The power boost isn’t much, but it keeps up with the latest Mk7.5 Golf R. The 2.0-litre turbo four-pot now produces 310PS (or 306bhp) but unlike the Golf R, all of that shove goes to the front wheels only. A 0-62mph launch of just 5.8 seconds is claimed, so peak tyre scrabbling awaits.

It’s not just about a power bump, though; look at all of the copper detailing! What is it with car makers and copper at the moment? Bentley’s EXP concepts, the Range Rover Velar in First Edition guise and now this new Leon...

Seat Leon Cupra R: copper aplenty!

The bumpers, side sills and rear diffuser are finished in carbonfibre, while the interior also benefits from a few choice copper details and carbonfibre panels. The gearshifter is upholstered in Alcantara.

Beefy Brembo brakes, dynamic chassis control and new exhaust system finish the build.

The Seat design boss speaks

Seat’s director of design, Alejandro Mesonero, describes the Cupra brand: ‘In the past, we were a little bit criticised, there was too much "boy racer".’

Seat Leon Cupra R rear quarter

With the Cupra R, Alejandro said that Seat not only improved the performance, but had to ‘make sure it’s visible on the body.’

Seat Leon Cupra R: price and release date

Want one? Out of the 799 being made, just 24 have been allocated for the UK, which we think is a bit of a shame for a country that’s so in love with the hot hatch. The Cupra R is priced at £34,995, so get your order in fast.

Check out the Leon Cupra 300 against the new Civic Type R, Focus RS and BMW M140i

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches