Yup, it's the auto that leapfrogs the Cupra 300 in the power stakes; a vehicle we recently found to be a "well-rounded hot hatch", but lacking "panache in its delivery".
Changes to the dynamics of an already fine handling five-door centre on modified camber, adaptive suspension DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control), Brembo brakes and a new exhaust system.
Equipped with a specific front bumper, the Cupra R is recognizable by the copper-colored elements that decorate the body: front grille, front air intakes, rear-view mirrors or even rims.
Inside gets a touch of the carbon fibre and copper treatment too as well as an Alcantara steering wheel. Known as the Cupra R, it will be the most powerful Seat ever offered thanks to a more potent version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol. We'll get more performance stats following its unveil at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, but for now, why not tell us if this makes it onto your hot hatch shortlist...
SEAT will be giving the vehicle a proper public debut at the Frankfurt motor show later this month. Unlike its Leon ST Cupra brother, there's no four-wheel drive or estate body option, so no repeat of the Nurburgring estate vehicle record that the Leon Cupra ST 280 bagged in 2015. As a result, owners of the manual transmission Cupra R will have the ultimate bragging rights for having the "most powerful Seat to date".
There will be three colours to choose from; Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey (neither with extra cost) and the exclusive Matte Grey seen in the pictures here. On the application of Seat, will be released only 799 copies, which hints at the quest of the automaker to appeal to fans who are willing to pay much more than just a hot version.
In addition to the Leon Cupra R, the manufacturer announces that it will present the organization of future Cupra projects in Frankfurt.