SEAT is participating with a strong program in the legendary GTI Meet in the Austrian state of Kärnten from 16 to 19 May. The centre of activities is the town of Reifnitz on the south bank. That is where the company’s stand will be playing host to six particularly fiery variants of the Leon, Ibiza and, for the first time, the Mii.
In their full racing gear, cup cars Ibiza SC Trophy and the Leon Super Copa mark the sporty headline of the brand’s display, while the Mii show car in FR Line configuration represents its first entry into the world of SEAT. For this year’s GTI Meet – already in its 31st year – the organisers are reckoning with another 120,000 visitors over the four days of the show.
Ibiza CUPRA Concept is the star
The focal point of the SEAT stand - which has been created in line with the brand’s new Visual Identity - is the Ibiza CUPRA Concept, a close-to-production glimpse of the new generation of this super-sporty SEAT icon. Just back from its world premiere at the Auto China in Beijing just a few weeks ago, the model’s 1.4 TSI power unit packs 180 hp with looks to match the promise of the motor. The Spice yellow paintwork contrasts with gloss-black exterior mirrors and 17-inch wheels with red brake callipers shimmering through the spokes. The particularly large, trapezoidal lower air intake emphasizes the breadth of this compact sports car, while the angular line of the headlamps underscores SEAT’s new design line.
Ibiza FR and Leon CUPRA R in individual design
One Ibiza and one Leon, each painted in Nevada white, showcase in their individual design a host of extras from the SEAT accessory range. The Ibiza FR on display in Reifnitz sports 17-inch wheels in black and polished silver, exterior mirrors and brake callipers painted in red, and an enlarged rear spoiler. Red accents also dominate the interior.
On the Leon CUPRA R, the visual impact comes courtesy of the drama delivered by the glossy black rims which contrast perfectly with the white paintwork. Like the Ibiza FR, the eye is also drawn to the red of the brake calliper nestling behind the wheel. In the interior, trim pieces in black piano lacquer make for a stylishly sporty ambience.
Pimp my Mii – tuning for the SEAT junior
For the first time, SEAT is showing a Mii with an added injection of sport. The Tornado red city car turns heads with its powerful presence, complete with black applications on the wheel arches, additional spoiler accent and black 16-inch aluminium wheels. Red and black elements make their mark in the cockpit, too. The sports seat with fully integrated head restraint comes with distinctive red FR lettering.
Ibiza SC Trophy and Leon Super Copa for the race track
Two further showpieces hold a licence to compete on the track – the Leon Super Copa and the Ibiza SC Trophy. They are shown at the Wörthersee festival with a special grey paint finish and wheels, mirrors and roll cage in fluorescent orange.
The Ibiza SC Trophy is now based on the new generation of the Ibiza and comes with the 180 hp 1.4 TSI power unit under the bonnet. The 7-speed DSG transmission is shifted from the steering wheel, as on the series-production model, while a locking differential guarantees amazing traction. For the high lateral forces that occur under serious racing conditions, the engine comes with a modified oil sump, a mighty brake system and racing suspension running on 18-inch wheels housed under noticeably flared wheel arches. The dashboard is more minimalist than the series-production version and provides only the data truly relevant to racing drivers. The Ibiza SC Trophy is offered by SEAT Sport for 31,500 Euros (excl. tax) and is the ideal starting machine for amateur racing drivers. Single-brand race series are currently running very successfully in Spain and Italy.
At a price of 63,000 Euros (excl. tax), the 250 km/h Leon Super Copa represents the more senior league of SEAT Motorsport. Based on its sibling racer from the WTCC, more than 250 units of this model have already been built. The cup car is powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-litre TSI engine from the Leon CUPRA R that produces 300 hp. A maximum of 340 Nm of torque travels through a six-speed DSG transmission and mechanically locking differential to the front wheels.
VIP party on the SEAT boat and chill-out zone
The many peripheral events organized by SEAT include a VIP party on the SEAT boat, which will also serve on Thursday as a shuttle service over the lake. During the entire duration of the Meet, DJs at the SEAT stand and on the SEAT boat will be lining up hot music to go with cool drinks.
The SEAT movie team is also once again on-location. Alongside video productions for the media and Web, it will be making short films with owners of the most eye-catching examples of SEAT tuning and uploading them later to the Facebook page of SEAT Austria.
The stand is designed in line with the new SEAT corporate identity. In bright white with light colours and featuring the diagonal as a lively design theme, it conveys the youth and emotionality of the brand – like the entire SEAT presence at Wörthersee.