MK3 Leon Cupra R - rumour and speculation

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kazand

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probably to see if they have enough glue and double-sided sticky tape installed :D
Its to test the new headlights...... :D
And "gesture recognition" for the sat nav?........ that's two fingers taken care of then..... :D
 

Rob66

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Noticed in this month's Top Gear magazine they are calling the Cupra a Cupra R again
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Seastormer

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Yeh, I remember reading about the MK3 Cupra before we actually got the car, and at that time there was going to be a Cupra and a Cupra R. The Cupra was the 265 version we now have, and the R just got renamed the Cupra 280, so there will be no R.
 

Snah

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Well in Holland and Germany rumours are about a Cupra 290 and and a Cupra R 4wd with 310 Hp.
Some dealers say both are on their way.
But consider regarding the 290 version: al Cupra's tested on a teststand showed between 294 to 308 hp where the majority have around 300 hp so a 290 version makes no sense at all.
4Wd version is to be seen and start price can only little (2-3K?) more than the current 280.
 

Seastormer

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Well in Holland and Germany rumours are about a Cupra 290 and and a Cupra R 4wd with 310 Hp.
Some dealers say both are on their way.
But consider regarding the 290 version: al Cupra's tested on a teststand showed between 294 to 308 hp where the majority have around 300 hp so a 290 version makes no sense at all.
4Wd version is to be seen and start price can only little (2-3K?) more than the current 280.
What do dealers know, the SEAT boss stated a while back that as 4WD adds weight they would not be going down that route and if you really want 4WD, buy a (VAG) GolfR7.
 

zondaff

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Yeh, I remember reading about the MK3 Cupra before we actually got the car, and at that time there was going to be a Cupra and a Cupra R. The Cupra was the 265 version we now have, and the R just got renamed the Cupra 280, so there will be no R.
I remember that too, mainly online speculation of the two engines.
 

AndrewJB

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Will be available before the end of the year apparently but not in the UK. Different engine code as well.
 

dieselface

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Been reading up on the 290 'rumour' a quite a bit as I've currently got a 280 on order. Not gonna comment on the 4WD rumour haha. Not seen anything other than chatter.

Google translate you may need:

http://www.vau-max.de/magazin/news/...-bis-zu-290-ps-mehr-power-fuer-den-cupra.4670

http://www.motor-talk.de/forum/leon-5f-cupra-cupra-r-t4799459.html?page=196#post44359074


Summary of reading (Seat themselves need to confirm):
Not a FL as such as its half way during MY2016. Marketing purposes based on competitors? Also keeps the press talking about the car.
Talk of a new exhaust for 290 but only seen that as forum chatter.
Looks like a suspension of cupra build between wk45-49. Meaning deliveries at beginning of 2016 for 290.
Obligatory price increase.
As I ordered in June I'm confident I'm in the 280 club but no build week yet.
Wonder if they've got the badges ready in time this time round. :whistle:

Edit to add: every chance UK won't get this. As an Itallian website I read said the 290 was coming for Europe as far back as beginning of July.
 
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yellowcone87

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Will be available before the end of the year apparently but not in the UK. Different engine code as well.
Well that seems a bizarre decision to make. Given the 265 was discontinued due to poor sales in the UK, you'd think it fairly obvious there is demand in the UK for a faster unit.
 

GrahamFR

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Been reading up on the 290 'rumour' a quite a bit as I've currently got a 280 on order. Not gonna comment on the 4WD rumour haha. Not seen anything other than chatter.

Google translate you may need:

http://www.vau-max.de/magazin/news/...-bis-zu-290-ps-mehr-power-fuer-den-cupra.4670

http://www.motor-talk.de/forum/leon-5f-cupra-cupra-r-t4799459.html?page=196#post44359074


Summary of reading (Seat themselves need to confirm):
Not a FL as such as its half way during MY2016. Marketing purposes based on competitors? Also keeps the press talking about the car.
Talk of a new exhaust for 290 but only seen that as forum chatter.
Looks like a suspension of cupra build between wk45-49. Meaning deliveries at beginning of 2016 for 290.
Obligatory price increase.
As I ordered in June I'm confident I'm in the 280 club but no build week yet.
Wonder if they've got the badges ready in time this time round. :whistle:

Edit to add: every chance UK won't get this. As an Itallian website I read said the 290 was coming for Europe as far back as beginning of July.
Maybe they will give it the R exhaust. And different engine code by much Andrew or will it be like a mk2 Cupra to R? Hopefully it will be a nice and cheap interchangeable upgraded part you and maybe myself can procure :)
 
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