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SEAT Leon Cupra R shows its claws ahead of a Frankfurt debut

SEAT Leon Cupra R shows its claws ahead of a Frankfurt debut

You best strike quickly if you want the latest Seat Leon Cupra R because just 799 will be built, having publically debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Featuring a highly tuned version of the standard Cupra 300's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the R pumps out 306bhp - enough to make it the most potent road-going Seat ever.

Seat has revealed the most powerful auto it has ever built - the Leon Cupra R.

SEAT has yet to release full performance data for the Cupra R, but the Cupra manages the 0-62mph dash in 5.7 seconds when fitted with the DSG gearbox, so we expect a similar time for the DSG Cupra R - although its sport suspension may help it put its power down more effectively.

The wheelarches have been swollen, while front and rear spoilers, side sills and the rear diffuser are made from carbon fibre - the de rigueur material of the modern hot hatchback.

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Inside gets a touch of the carbon fibre and copper treatment too as well as an Alcantara steering wheel. Because luxury and comfort. Other body colours available are black and grey.

Like the standard Cupra 300, the R utilises adaptive dampers, albeit in re-calibrated form to suit the extra camber that SEAT engineers have dialled into the front axle. The auto receives a new exhaust system.

In addition to the Leon Cupra R, the manufacturer announces that it will present the organization of future Cupra projects in Frankfurt.

Still front-wheel drive, the Cupra R could prove to be a bit of a wayward handful, but it'll certainly keep your pulse racing. Happily however, there's a new version here to give the Honda and the Ford what for: the Leon Cupra R.

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