SEAT shows hot Ibiza Cupra Concept

The Beijing Motor Show has seen the debut of the latest hot little SEAT – the Ibiza Cupra. A concept by name, it’s actually production ready and will be in the shops very shortly. It follows the introduction of the facelifted Ibiza, which gets a sharper front end, now including a set of LED daytime running lights. It went on sale in the UK this weekend.

This Cupra keeps the engine of the outgoing car – a 1.4-litre TSI engine, whose turbo and supercharger work together to force 178bhp out of a relatively small capacity. It’s direct injected, too.

It runs though a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with power going to the front wheels.

The Cupra features VW Group’s electronic differential, called XDS, which nips the inside wheel during cornering to make the car feel sharper and turn in quicker. The VW Golf GTI has it. It’s a cheaper system than a mechanical differential – the sort that the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring has – but it does virtually the same job.

Lighting is central to the Ibiza facelift, with the Cupra not only getting a set of LEDs, but bi-xenon headlamps and active cornering lights integrated into the fog lamps.

At the back, the Ibiza gets a matte black diffuser with a large integrated central trapezoidal tailpipe.

Because it’s a concept, SEAT hasn’t divulged any performance stats, but the 0-62mph sprint is likely to remain at 7.2 seconds, as there’s been no power hike or mechanical change.

No word on the sale date, but if you ask a SEAT dealer nicely we’re sure you’ll be able to order one now and have it delivered within the next few months.