APRIL 17 2009 16:58h
Seat will present its Ibiza FR and León CUPRA at the international Motor Show in Barcelona, which will be held from May 9 until 17.
At the international Motor Show in Barcelona, which will be held from May 9 until 17, Seat will present its two Spanish brend models with most accentuated sports features.
According to a press release from Seat, the motor show will unveil the new Ibiza FR, which combines design and sports features with supreme performances and the new León CUPRA 2009, which is singled out with its appearance and significant changes in the interior as well as the exterior.
New Ibiza FR – undoubtedly sporty
The new FR variant of the Ibiza car includes several novelties, compared to the previous model, which enable a more intense driving experience. First of all, Seat`s new sport sector supermini is equipped with the efficient 150 hp twin charger 1.4 TSI engine. This engine provides greater elasticity, brilliant performance and lower fuel consumption figures and emissions levels, and fully complies with EU-5 legislation on the subject.
The Ibiza FR’s powerful engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles. As on the CUPRA version, the gearbox has been developed with sportier software than on the 1.6 model of the Ibiza range.
Furthermore, the addition of the XDS system provides greater driving comfort and safety. This electronic system works together with ESP and functions as a self-blocking mechanism.
Take a look at the attached photo gallery: World Premiere Of Seat In Barcelona.
The new design of the Ibiza FR singles out its sporty looks on the interior, as well as on the exterior, with new bumpers that lend a more aggressive appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround on the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. Other typical exterior elements on the FR are silver-coloured door mirrors, specific 17 inch rims or the twin tailpipe to one side.
The interior also conveys the car`s racing nature with a specific instrument display that carries the FR logo, a new steering wheel with built-in DSG shift paddles and the seat design, whose upholstery also heavily contributes to its sporty looks.
The new León CUPRA – an entirely new look
With the arrival of the 2009 variant of the León, the most powerful and spectacular car in Seat`s offer, now has an even more impressive appearance, thanks to several elements presented in the itnerior and exterior, which is the perfect continuation for León`s phenomenal success at the World Touring Car Championship.
The most obvious is the new body modifications, featuring black honeycomb cooling vents at the front beneath the central grille. The front bumper houses two further black highlights, one at each side, with the word CUPRA immediately visible on the left.
The rear features a prominent black moulding at the bottom of the bumper, a polished steel oval tailpipe and the characteristic model name in the centre of the hatch.
A side look at the León CUPRA reveals a lowered suspension as you would expect from the Cupra range compared to the basic León version, making the car look and feel more like a racer. The new spectacular 18 inch rims, eye-catching wheel arches and black encased door mirrors are all distinctive traits of the SEAT model.
All the interior elements are coloured the now traditional Cupra black, replacing the usual lighter tones on other models. There is a leather steering wheel with aluminium colour inserts and the CUPRA logo at the bottom and a matching gearknob. Further sporty details are the white faced instrument dials and aluminium pedals.
The León CUPRA seats, with their true racing bucket styling, feature integrated headrests and the “CUPRA” badge displayed on the backrests. These seats offer tremendous side support when dealing with corners and driving comfort. They will now also be available in black leather upholstery with white cross-stitching as an optional extra.
The same as on the previous version, the new León CUPRA 2009 is equipped with the powerful 240 hp 2.0 TSI engine, which provides brilliant performance and delivers exceptional fuel consumption figures. Top speed is clocked at 247 km/h, 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes only 6.4 seconds, and it covers a standing kilometre in only 26.4 seconds. At the same time, average combined fuel consumption is listed at 8.3 litres for every 100 km.