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Seat have revealed the fastest and most efficient Ibiza Cupra to date

posted on Nov 05 2012 by Sam Jones

Seat have revealed the fastest and most efficient Ibiza Cupra to date

The stylish 2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra goes on sale in the UK in January and is the quickest and greenest version to date.

Powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine as the previous car, the latest Cupra will produce 178bhp and 184lb ft of torque. However, the new three-door Cupra will reach 62mph in 6.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than its predecessor. It will also have a top speed of 142mph despite fuel efficiency being improved by 4mpg to 47.9mpg.

No manual version will be available with Seat opting to fit a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission instead. To make the Cupra racier than the standard Ibiza, Seat have lowered the ride height and included an electronic differential lock and a different stability control system. An optional AP Performance braking system will also be on offer.

The cars styling, which carries the Cupra logo, is heavily influenced by the hot Ibiza concept car that was unveiled at this years Beijing motor show with a wider grille on the front end, deep air intakes and bi-xenon headlights. Black high gloss side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear diffuser incorporating the trapezoidal exhaust are also all standard features that do not come with the regular Ibiza. The interior is also updated with a sports steering wheel and a removable infotainment unit that offers sat-nav, Bluetooth audio connectivity and a trip computer.

Seat has already confirmed that the Cupra will be priced very competitively at 18,825, a price which will surely be very tempting for small hot hatch buyers.