Here’s a brand we Australians don’t really see or hear often these days – Seat. For those not in the know, Seat is a Spanish brand that’s owned by the gargantuan Volkswagen Group and are responsible for making cars such as the Leon and Ibiza. Globally, the brand is differentiated from Skoda by its focus on being sporty with edgy styling.
Speaking of which, the Spanish brand has formed a performance sub-marque dubbed ‘Cupra’ and the focus here is on the Cupra Ateca, which is a little compact crossover SUV based on the VW Tiguan that’s been hotted up.
The brand announced that 100 examples of the Cupra Ateca Limited Edition will be arriving in the United Kingdom, painted in Rhodium Grey. However, Cupra has said that of those 100 units incoming, some 20 units will not only be painted in Graphene Grey but will also sport an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system. The exhaust cuts 7kg from the overall weight and is claimed to deliver a more ‘visceral aural experience’.
The halo brand’s model is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI engine sourced from Volkswagen’s almost-infinite parts bin. It will get to 100km/h from rest in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 245 km/h. This is thanks to the 224kW and 400Nm which live under the bonnet. Also from that parts bin is an all-wheel drive system dubbed 4Drive.
That said, there are probably some out there who want a practical-ish crossover SUV but absolutely must have more power. Fret not. Long-established Volkswagen Group tuner, ABT Sportsline is offering the hot Ateca even more power. The upgrade kicks the power figure up to 260kW and 440Nm, which should make things interesting. According to the manufacturer’s claims, the sprint times hasn’t changed however the top speed is now 255 km/h. Stopping power comes from Brembo in the form of 18-inch rotors.
The Cupra Ateca Limited Edition also receives a host of styling cues including the newly-designed 20-inch copper alloy wheels, copper thread carbon fibre roof spoiler, as well as copper thread mirror covers and copper CUPRA lettering.
Inside, there’s new gloss black trim around the dashboard and centre console, copper carbon fibre mouldings along with Petrol Blue Alcantara bucket heated sport seats. The Cupra Ateca Limited Edition starts from £42,120 (AU$ 81,320) for buyers in the United Kingdom.
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