BARCELONA – Seat’s Cupra efficiency model has unleashed an fascinating new high-performance SUV that includes Audi’s five-cylinder turbopetrol engine.
Sadly there is no likelihood of the Cupra Formentor VZ5 ever coming to South Africa, not solely as a result of the VW-owned Seat model pulled out of our market greater than a decade in the past, but additionally as a result of the company is solely constructing it in left-hand drive format. It’ll be pretty unique too, due to the manufacturing run being restricted to simply 7000 items.
What are we lacking out on then?
The 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbopetrol engine produces 287kW and 480Nm, that means it’s solely barely detuned versus the 294kW Audi model, and as a outcome it’s extremely fast for a pavement hopper, with Cupra quoting a 0-100km/h time of simply 4.2 seconds.
It’s fairly dynamic too, Seat claims, due to an all-wheel drive system, Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control and retuned steering system.
Setting it aside on the skin are a variety of carbon fibre particulars in addition to 20-inch alloy wheels and aural quad copper exhaust pipes. The cabin is adorned with a distinctive Cupra steering wheel and bespoke CUPBucket seats.
“The Cupra Formentor provides a blank canvas to develop a range of vehicles that maximise driving fun and performance and enhance the attitude of the brand. Among them, the VZ5 is the most powerful and sophisticated variant ever created to date and I am convinced that with its exclusive performance elements, it will become a dream for car enthusiasts,” mentioned Cupra and Seat R&D exec Dr Werner Tietz.
But what does its identify imply? According to Cupra, the identify VZ comes from the Spanish phrase ‘Veloz’, which signifies ‘Speed’ or ‘Fast’. The Formentor a part of the identify comes from cape Formentor on the island of Mallorca, which is thought of to be one of the vital stunning areas within the Balearics.