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Latest hi-res images and details on the new 261bhp hot Seat

Seat has released more pictures of its new 261bhp Seat Leon Cupra R, which is due to hit the UK next year.

Final UK specification of the hot hatch is still being decided and the firm is working towards it being available to buy in showrooms in January.

See the hi-res Seat Leon Cupra R picsRead Autocar’s Seat Leon Cupra R first drive

The new range-topping Leon is fitted with the same engine that will appear in the Scirocco R, a modified version of the EA113 2.0-litre direct injection from the previous Golf GTI.

This makes the Cupra R not only the most potent production Seat ever but also as powerful as the title-winning SEAT Leon TDI World Touring Car.

The front-wheel-drive Leon is now capable of hitting 62mph in 6.1sec and a top speed of 155mph. Combined fuel consumption is just under 35mpg.

Filling the arches are 19in double-spoke alloy wheels with 235/35 tyres.

Inside, the Cupra logo features on the leather steering wheel and competition-style bucket seats, while the ‘R’ appears on the LED-lit dials.

Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed, but expect to see it cost from £23,000 when it reaches showrooms. This undercuts the Ford Focus RS by more than £3000.

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Lee23404 20 October 2009

Re: New pics: Seat Leon Cupra R

beachland2 wrote:

And please be more respectful, dont presume everything i say in all posts is rubbish, can you see what your being like? just disagree with me if you like but dont say things that will get you into trouble.

Your response to my first e-mail was "the reason its not iws to stop people like you that cant cope with that on roundabouts and crashing lol." And you want me to be more repsectful? I was just following your tone.

You also said to me "You need to take judgements to another forum, preferably one to do with learning difficulties, it might be more appropriate for you".

You also said that Muppet Basher should find another forum because he/she disagreed with you.Hypocrite.

icsunonove 19 October 2009

Re: New pics: Seat Leon Cupra R

If some of you are worried about liftoff over-steer, whatever you do, don't buy a Ford Focus RS Mk II, it does it too well for you. Then, on the other hand, if you want to go fast in FWD car and you know how to, it's just right. Trust me, this old man knows what he's doing.

Lee23404 19 October 2009

Re: New pics: Seat Leon Cupra R

Beachland, read the AA's advice if you're open minded.

Of course, no doubt yiu think they talk rubbish as well.