SEAT have announced the award winning Leon Cupra will be getting a midlife refresh with more power, new alloy wheel design, sportier exhaust and ambient interior lighting. Power from the Leon’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine has been pushed to 286bhp, taking it clear of the Ford Focus ST-2 and Renaultsport Megane 275.
When equipped with a DSG transmission, the Leon Cupra 290 will reach 62mph in 5.7seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. The car is capable of returning 42.8mpg in DSG form, dropping to 41.1mpg when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. That equates to CO2 emissions of as low as 149g/km.
Seat’s Sub8 performance pack is still available as an option, and adds larger brakes, new tyres and a bespoke wheel design. As with its predecessor, this updated Leon Cupra gets a mechanical locking differential on the front axle.
Standard equipment for the Leon Cupra 290 includes sports seats, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and new ambient lighting.
Official pricing has yet to be announced but it’s expected to rise marginally from the £28,785 of the current Cupra 280, but you can register your interest in the new car by clicking on the green box at the top of the page and selecting your local listers SEAT centre.