Set to make their public debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show, both cars use a revised version of the Golf GTI‘s 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine, which develops 195 kW (265 hp) in the Cupra and 206 kW (280 hp) in the spicier Cupra 280, with both of them producing 350 Nm of torque. On the road the DSG-equipped Cupra hits 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, while the Cupra 280 takes 5.7 seconds; both are 0.1s slower with the six-speed manual transmission and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (150 mph). Average fuel consumption for both vehicles has been rated at 6.4 litres per 100 km for the manual cars (DSG 6.7 l/100 km), with CO2 emission of 149 g/km and 155 g/km respectively.
Standard equipment on both cars includes progressive steering, DCC dynamic chassis control with adaptive dampers and a choice of settings including a ‘Cupra Drive Profile’ mode, and a front-axle differential lock. The ESC handling system can be deactivated in two stages depending on conditions.
Visually, the Cupras can be identified by their larger air intakes, full-LED headlamps, rear skirt with diffuser section and twin oval tailpipes. Inside the cabin there’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel, LED lighting and Alcantara-trimmed sports seats. Cupra 280 owners are treated to larger 19-inch alloy wheels, aero package with rear spoiler, black body mouldings and frames, gloss black mirrors, red brake calipers and the satellite navigation as standard.
Orders are being taken from today with deliveries beginning in early March; pricing in the UK ranges from £25,690 for the SC Cupra to £28,525 for the Cupra 280 with DSG transmission.