At the Volkswagen Group media evening that heralds the start of the 2012 Beijing International Motor Show, SEAT presented the SEAT Ibiza Cupra Concept as a close to production concept car.
The SEAT Ibiza Cupra Concept shows the SEAT DNA in its most concentrated form amazing performance, the latest technology and comprehensive equipment clad in an emotional design that has been consistently developed. With its compact form, the Ibiza Cupra Concept is a sports car for every day, combining agile driving fun with a high degree of functionality. The series production model of the new Ibiza Cupra will arrive towards the end of 2012.
The first generation of the Ibiza Cupra took to the streets in 1996, since when the dynamic Cupra models have developed to become an icon of the SEAT brand. The SEAT Ibiza Cupra Concept shows how the next chapter of this success story will be written the state of the art 1.4 TSI engine is a compact piece of hi-tech with dual charging by supercharger and turbo, as well as direct injection. And, with its 132 kW / 180 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Newton metres, it guarantees exceptionally refined performance. The seven-speed DSG transmission with its extremely short shift times can also be operated via shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
The expressive design displays the competence of the new Ibiza Cupra Concept from the very first glance the compact athlete has a solid and powerful stance. The new face with its broad grille and very forceful air intakes emphasizes the breadth, solidity and power of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra Concept. The sophisticated design of the front headlamps show the attention to detail in the work carried out at SEAT. The edgy line of the lamps is typical of the SEAT design language, while at the same time being integrated perfectly into the Ibiza’s sculptural form. The LED daytime running lights trace the line of the headlamps to deliver a unique light signature, as do the LED rear lights. Technically, the bi-xenon headlamps provide perfect illumination, while cornering lights are integrated into the large fog lamps.
The emotional power of the exterior design is also apparent in the interior of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra Concept and in the extremely minimalist and clearly structured cockpit. The exceptional feeling of quality and precision craftsmanship serve to underscore SEAT’s incredibly high standards. The new sports steering wheel with the Cupra logo and the shift paddles for the DSG transmission, the dedicated instruments and the leather sports seats with their lateral flashes of yellow to match the iconic Cupra exterior colour are all clear indications of the special role held by the top version of the Ibiza line.