SEAT has revealed the facelifted Ibiza Cupra hot hatch ahead of its 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show debut – and confirmed the old 1.4-litre ‘twincharger’ engine has been replaced by the 1.8-litre TSI also used by the new Volkswagen Polo GTI.
Now producing 192hp, the new Ibiza Cupra also has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, further pleasing enthusiasts: SEAT claims a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 146mph.
It’s a 12hp power boost over the old car but more significant is the stonking 51lb ft increase in torque, to 236lb ft. This is now spread flat between 1,450-4,200rpm, justifying SEAT’s claim that it offers “incredibly forceful pulling power in any given situation”.
SEAT’s also fitted adaptive damping, XDS electronic differential and an uprated set of brakes. The setup can be tailored via new Cupra Drive Profile functionality, altering suspension damping stiffness and steering weight.
Externally, the differences over the outgoing Ibiza Cupra are hard to spot but, inside, there is a new SEAT DriveApp infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A further new option is the SEAT ConnectedApp, ‘powered by Samsung’. Rather impressively, this even includes gesture control – although it’s unclear just what level of ‘gesture control’ this actually offers.
The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra will be revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Ibiza Cupra line next year.