Look at the logo with the checkered flag and number 290 on the hood of the luggage of the new SEAT Leon Cupra and viewpoints that are too distinctive, compared with its direct competitors.
Can sports logo adorns the back of the car and be combined with two exhaust pipes, rear diffuser and beautiful wheels 19 “, but there is something else outside that highlights the title of the most dominant model of the Spanish brand.
Under the umbrella of Volkswagen is the SEAT, so something in design with most Mediterranean temperament despite the Italian Luca De MEO at the helm of the Spanish automobile industry would be something like utopia since the Germans keen on simple and pure forms. So people who are behind this model focused more on the technical field and less in appearance.
Whatever it is, however, the new Leon Cupra 290 is an explosive cocktail of performance and driving pleasure.
Putting the engine running, the bass noise reveals what lies beneath the bonnet.
The two-liter TSI passed doping program and with appropriate interventions, came to deliver ten more horsepower than the previous version. So from 280 we hopefully the 290.
This increased the power resulting from the new engine mapping and primarily by the placement of a new exhaust system.
Indeed, an engine with such force should be combined with analog transmission. Indeed, both the manual transmission and 6’s known now the automatic double clutch is extraordinary. It features small steps for the first five relations farther 6th due to the low consumption according to SEAT ranging between 6.5 liters / 100 km, with the DSG transmission and 6.7 liters / 100 km. For the version with the manual. Thanks to short differential the electronically limited top speed of 250 km. / H comes in sixth in the box at the same time accelerating from a standstill 0-100 km. / H stops timers at 5.7 “.
The ample torque of 35.7 kg. Which is now available in a larger operating range (from 1,700 to 5,800 rpm) and engine elasticity entitles the driver to exploit the power at any time, and now, with the sound coming from the total mechanical play also an important role.
A powerful engine, obviously not enough to give the appropriate emotions to guide him. Adequate and robust framework.
Driving the Cupra 290 on demanding roads around Barcelona, we found that the combination of engine-frame is “all the money.” The Joint weight distribution on both axles, the complete absence of distortion and efficient suspension setup make an excellent set.
In parallel, the new generation of dynamic control (DCC) developed specifically for this version and the electronically controlled limited-slip front differential using multiple disks and put them a bit driving pleasure.
Do not forget that the essential equipment belongs and progressive steering feel and traction control system (ESP) has been developed to such an extent as to allow almost racing driving safely. Another point where the Spanish hot hatch shows great character is the fact that, even in sudden changes of direction, the floating voltages are missing completely, the slopes are extremely limited, with the ESP to be in complete idleness.
In conclusion, the Seat Leon Cupra 290 is one that is the almost complete way the experience gained by technicians Seat for two decades.
The new top version of Leon, is already available in the Greek market, at prices starting at 27,950 Euros with the withdrawal, as regards SC 3 door version with the manual gearbox.