The thrilling performance car for every day
SEAT Leon CUPRA 290 –
perfect in sport, comfort and style
Performance and usability with no compromise
Systematic improvement of all details
Maximum performance paired with compelling efficiency
Hi-tech package with differential lock, progressive steering, DCC
Exclusive equipment, extensive individualisation
Martorell, 15/02/2016 – One of the best sports cars for everyday use now offers even more
power and even more emotion. The CUPRA 290, the highly successful top version of the Leon
range, now delivers 213 kW / 290 PS, guaranteeing outstanding performance paired with
excellent efficiency. The stunning design, individual equipment options and excellent quality
are further points that make the Leon CUPRA a very special proposition indeed. In true SEAT
fashion, exceptional value-for-money is, of course, a given.
Among journalists and customers alike, the SEAT Leon CUPRA is much admired as a Sport
Coupé, as a five-door and as a Sports Tourer. In the trade media cross Europe, the CUPRA
immediately became a consistent winner in comparison tests; its owners love its design and
road manners, as well as its premium look-and-feel.
“CUPRA is the essence of the SEAT brand and we continue to nurture and refine this icon,”
says Luca de Meo, President of SEAT S.A. “The new CUPRA 290 displays SEAT expertise in
full dimension. It’s a refined, high-performance vehicle that combines its expressive
dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and compelling quality.”
A concentrated package of hi-tech guarantees the enormous performance of the new Leon
CUPRA 290. At the top is the 2.0 TSI engine with dual injection and variable camshaft timing
and an output of 213 kW / 290 PS. The DCC dynamic chassis control, front differential lock,
progressive steering, CUPRA Drive Profile and standard-fit full-LED headlamps are further
examples of its state-of-the-art technologies.
The new exhaust system developed for the SC and 5D CUPRA 290, is not only considerably
lighter, it also has a lower back pressure, which contributes to the increased performance.
Above all, however, it delivers a thrilling, natural sound – powerful and finely modulated to
engine speed. It makes driving a CUPRA an even more emotional experience.
“The CUPRA 290 offers the best possible combination of sporty dynamics, relaxed comfort
and unique style,” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Research and Development for
SEAT S.A. “The continuous development and improvement of our top models shows how
much CUPRA drivers matter to us. They are getting an even more emotional car, with better
performance and a completely new sound.”
The Design – emotional and powerful
The design language of the Leon has been extremely well received by customers. As one of
the most important reasons for purchase, it forms the foundation for the great success of the
new Leon family. This design language was systematically developed to the next stage for
the Leon CUPRA, with a new kind of balance between power and elegance. Powerful
elements, particularly at the front and rear, indicate the high performance of the top Leon
model from the very first glance.
The alloy wheels have an exclusive design, while red callipers and tinted side and rear
windows underscore the individuality of the CUPRA. The CUPRA 290 is visually differentiated
by its unique 19-inch wheels with a titanium bicolour paint finish, the Aerodynamic Pack
with the spoiler on the rear roof edge emphasises the stretched lines and sporty character,
as do the black exterior mirror housings and CUPRA lettering on the brake callipers.
Style and quality inside
The accentuated dynamics of the exterior continues seamlessly in the interior of the SEAT
Leon CUPRA. It is distinguished by the CUPRA sports steering wheel, with its exclusive, flatbottomed design. Thanks to its expertly applied padding and grippy, partially perforated
leather cladding, it enhances the sporty, precise handling characteristics. Likewise exclusive
to the CUPRA are the top sports seats clad in dark grey Alcantara with white stitching.
Options include bucket seats with extremely good lateral grip. Pedals and door sills are
finished in aluminium. The trim elements in the cockpit are finished in gloss black (also
available in classic chrome).
Fine details underscore the high level of craftsmanship in the Leon CUPRA – details like the
precisely placed, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and gear knob, the clearly laidout controls for the air conditioning and the three-dimensional form of the trim elements. All
surfaces have soft-touch finishes, giving a fine, tactile feedback to every touch. One
particular feature in the CUPRA interior is the ambient lighting. LEDs in the door panels
emphasize the contours of the interior design and add to the premium feel of the passenger
The Drive – top performance included
CUPRA stands for power, performance, dynamics – and the Leon CUPRA fulfils all these
promises perfectly. The CUPRA 290 with manual gearbox or optional DSG reach a regulated
top speed of 250 km/h. The maximum torque of 350 Newton meters is now available across
an even broader rev range from 1,700 to 5,800 rpm and guarantees impressive pulling
power in every situation. Against this, the new Leon CUPRA 290 is astonishingly efficient.
The average fuel consumption for both power variants is just 6.5 litres with DSG and 6.7
litres with the Leon SC manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of just 149 and 156
grams (Leon SC).
The performance of the Leon CUPRA 290 can be raised even further with the optional
Performance pack, which includes a set of Brembo brake calipers, an exclusive wheel design
and special tyres.
Hi-tech engine components
As a true sports engine, the 2.0 TSI reacts spontaneously to every movement of the gas
pedal and is deliciously high revving. The power unit with its exceptionally responsive
turbocharger is packed full with hi-tech and groundbreaking features. One of these is
additional indirect injection, which complements the FSI direct fuel injection under partial
load. This reduces consumption and particulate emissions. FSI injection kicks in on start-up
and at higher loads.
Transmission – manual or DSG
In the new Leon CUPRA, a standard manual six-speed gearbox with a lightweight magnesium
housing is responsible for transmitting engine power. As an alternative, SEAT offers the DSG.
As with the manual gearbox, the lower gears have short ratios, while the sixth gear has a
high ratio for lower fuel consumption. The high degree of efficiency is another feature that is
common to both.
The Chassis – hi-tech for precision and dynamics
CUPRA has always been synonymous with outstanding dynamics, precise agility and
amazing sporting character. The new Leon CUPRA, however, manages to set the bar a good
deal higher – in every dimension.
DCC dynamic chassis control
The new generation of the DCC dynamic chassis control developed specifically for the
CUPRA is even more sensitive and responsive, adapting the chassis characteristics to
the prevailing conditions in a matter of milliseconds.
Front-axle differential lock
The limited slip differential lock significantly improves the traction and handling of
this front-wheel-drive car. The system uses a multi-plate package that is hydraulically
actuated and electronically controlled. It improves not only the traction, but also
eliminates torque steer. Furthermore, its sensitive control has no negative impact on
steering feel.
Progressive steering
Also included as standard equipment, the progressive steering improves the agile
handling of the new Leon CUPRA even further. The driver experiences a precise and
relaxed steering feel, less steering movement is required, reducing the number of
grip changes, especially in cornering or parking manoeuvres. The steering in the new
Leon CUPRA works with a progressive ratio through variable toothing on the rack.
Handling control
The ESP handling system has been further developed specifically for the CUPRA and
enables a very sporty driving style with full retention of safety functionality. For
extremely dynamic use, such as on a race track, it can also be deactivated in two
CUPRA Drive Profile
The CUPRA Drive Profile enables the characteristics of the new Leon CUPRA to be
adapted across a very wide range to meet the individual preferences of the driver.
Alongside the Comfort and Sport modes, the CUPRA mode was, of course, a focal
point for the engineers in Martorell. Throttle response is particularly sensitive in this
setting, while the DSG operates in its sportiest shifting mode, DCC dynamic chassis
control, progressive steering and the front-axle differential lock also operate at their
sportiest settings.
The Technologies and Assistance Systems
SEAT engineers have put together a portfolio of state-of-the-art technologies for the new
Leon CUPRA. It includes the full-LED headlamps, as well as the multi-collision brake, which
helps to avoid secondary collisions in the event of an accident. Also standard equipment is
the SEAT Media System Plus infotainment system. Options include the safety assist system
ACC with Front Assist and city emergency braking function, the tiredness recognition and
lane assist system.
Full-LED headlamps
The full-LED lights in combination with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights are
standard equipment in the SEAT Leon CUPRA. Alongside their expressive design, LED
headlamps have many further benefits – for instance, they illuminate the road with a colour
temperature of 5.500 Kelvin. Because this is very similar to that of daylight, it puts very little
strain on the eyes.
ACC and Front Assist
Playing a particularly important role among the driver assistance systems in the new SEAT
Leon CUPRA is the adaptive cruise control (ACC). The radar-based system maintains the preset speed and pre-selected distance to the vehicle in front, accelerating and decelerating
automatically in flowing traffic. Front Assist, including the city emergency braking function,
can guard against the danger of collisions by using a radar sensor to monitor traffic in front
of the vehicle.
Latest-generation infotainment
The new SEAT Leon CUPRA comes to market with a state-of-the-art infotainment solution as
standard. SEAT Easy connect operating system, enables control of all entertainment and
communication functions, as well as a variety of vehicle functions, via a touch-sensitive
screen in the cockpit. The optional Navy System has the same features as Media System Plus,
while also incorporating the voice-controlled navigation system.
Highest levels of connectivity
Connectivity, being in constant touch with the digital world, is, for many people, a major part
of a modern, urban lifestyle. The Leon CUPRA 290 offers the highest levels of connectivity.
MirrorLink is the perfect technology for safely operating smartphones and many of their
functions and apps via the infotainment system. It functions easily and smoothly with a
growing number of MirrorLink-compatible Android smartphones.
New SEAT ConnectApp – speak, don’t type
The new SEAT Connect App makes perfect use of MirrorLink integration. The driver is always
connected, yet retains full concentration on the road. Central functions include “Read to
me” and “Voice Reply”. The text reading function converts incoming messages from the
likes of e-mail, text messaging, Facebook or Twitter accounts into speech, reading them out
loudly and clearly.
SEAT Full Link provides maximum connectivity
However, SEAT’s new world of connectivity applies to more than just users of MirrorLinkcompatible smartphones. The SEAT Full Link connectivity solution also incorporates the
functions of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay -in those countries where these technologies
are available.
The Equipment – exclusive and individual
The Leon CUPRA also states its position as the top model in the SEAT range through the
progressive steering, dynamic chassis control, front-axle differential lock, CUPRA Drive
Profile and high-performance brake system with 19-inch wheels. The CUPRA 290 runs on 19inch wheels and is recognisable by its black exterior mirror housings and red brake callipers
with CUPRA lettering. Likewise standard are the full-LED headlamps and the LED rear lights.
Rain sensor, light sensor and the automatically dimming rear-view mirror belong to the
standard-fit comfort pack, while cruise control, Climatronic and high beam assistant are also
fitted to the Leon CUPRA ex-works. The top sports seats in Alcantara, the CUPRA steering
wheel and the Media System Plus with a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen are all among the
standard interior features in addition to the extensive base equipment of the Leon FR.
The look of the Leon CUPRA can be further individualised with the options White Line, Black
Line and Orange Line. The surrounds of the radiator grille and wing mirrors and parts of the
two-tone aluminium wheels are painted in the respective colour – with the Orange Line
standing for Cup Racer orange.
SEAT Communications
Antonio Valdivieso
SEAT Brand and Product Communications
T / +34 93 708 58 95
[email protected]
Jaume Rabassa
SEAT Brand and Product Communications
T / +34 93 708 65 91
[email protected]
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