Just in time for the 2013 Wörthersee event, Seat is coming back with a new version of its Ibiza SC Trophy racecar. It looks familiar, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s because Seat already showed something similar to it last year.
This time, though, the Spanish automaker is giving us a refreshed take of the sports hatch, complete with some new aesthetic modifications and a nice and subtle performance upgrade.
This year, Seat’s work on the Ibiza SC Trophy includes stripping out the interior to fit in some racing equipment, including a full roll cage. The car also gets a modified oil sump, an improved braking system, and a set of 18-inch racing wheels that really add some sportiness and overall awesomeness for the Ibiza SC Trophy.
In addition to the noticeable aesthetic and racing modifications, Seat also gave the Ibiza SC Trophy a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine that now produces 200 horsepower, 10 percent more than what last year’s Wörthersee offering, and mated it to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
It’s quite a treat seeing Seat have some race-spec cars like this, and the best part is, it only costs €31,500 ($41,195).
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In the European market, the Seat Ibiza is one of the most successful hatchbacks, so is no wonder why the model is already at its fourth generation. Mhairi Steele has created a very cool infographic for Seat UK that presents the evolution of the Ibiza and combined that with a number of events that occurred during this period.
The first-gen Ibiza was launched onto the market in 1984 and lasted until 1992. The second generation arrived in 1993 and stayed on the market until 2002 and it was equally impressive. The third generation was built between 2002 and 2008, and the current generation followed that up. During its lifetime, the model received numerous updates and many engines have been added to the lineup.
Ibiza was witness a number of unrelated innovations through its lifespan, including the launch of the first personal computer, Tom Hanks winning his second Oscar for the movie “Forest Gump,” the launch of Facebook in 2004, the release of first iPhone, Barack Obama becoming the first black president of the U.S. and much, much more.
We are also pretty sure that the history will continue, at least for another 30 years...
After the Ibiza Cupra Concept unveiled earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show, Seat has finally dropped the production version. The model delivers stunning design, amazing performance and state-of-the-art technology and will be put on sale in January 2013. On the British market the model will be priced at £18,825 or about $30,000 at the current exchange rates.
Seat used the Cupra name for the first time back in 1996 as a special, top-of-the-line Ibiza built to commemorate Seat’s World Rally Championship victory in the 2.0-litre category. Since then the model became a hit and now is being used for both the Ibiza and Leon ranges.
The new Ibiza Cupra is powered by a a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that delivers a total of 180 HP and 184 lbs-ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 142 mph.
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The SEAT Ibiza is not what most enthusiasts would qualify as a hot-hatch, except when fitted with the 1.4-liter TSI or 2.0-liter TDI engine, which produce 150 PS (147 horsepower) and 143 PS (141 horsepower), respectively. Leingarten-based custom auto enthusiasts, JE Design, has managed to turn even the lower-level Ibiza models into a semi-hot hatch, or at the very least, a sharp-looking and peppy hatchback.
The 2012 SEAT Ibiza is available in three body styles, 3-door hatch, 5-door hatch, and station wagon. The JE Design kit is built to fit any of the body styles that the Ibiza comes in. The SEAT Ibiza itself starts at €9,995 and ranges up to €16,340. This upgrade kit, of course, goes on top of the cost of the car, but with the SEAT Ibiza’s low cost, the entire package becomes rather affordable.
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The second model to be displayed by Seat at the 2012 Wörthersee event, next to the Leon Super Copa, is the Ibiza SC Trophy. The SC Trophy is based on the new generation of the standard Ibiza. It is priced at 31,500 Euro (about $40K at the current exchange rates) and has been described as the ideal starting machine for amateur racing drivers.
The new Ibiza SC Trophy is powered by a 1.4 liter TSI engine that delivers a total of 180 HP and is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission operated from the steering wheel. The engine has been combined with a modified oil sump, a powerful brake system, and racing suspension running on 18-inch wheels housed under noticeably flared wheel arches.
The interior drops all the "unnecessary" elements from the production model and provides only data truly relevant to racing drivers. The interior is painted in a special grey paint finish combined with fluorescent orange on the mirror casings, wheels, and interior roll cage.
The Seat Ibiza SC Trophy can be driven in single-brand race series.
For those that happen to not know what Sociedad Española de Automòviles de Turismo, known simply known as SEAT, is, don’t feel bad, as not many people do. This is a Mexican car manufacturer now found under the Volkswagen Group umbrella that is known for creating sporty cars tuned more toward the youthful crowd.
At Beijing, SEAT released an all-new “concept” car that is more of a certain reality than a concept, according to SEAT, but it is still technically a concept. This vehicle is a new trim level to the newly released Ibiza SC, known as the Ibiza Cupra Concept.
This isn’t just any old trim level though; this is a high-performance model that has an additional 20 percent more horsepower than the current highest output engine in the Ibiza SC. It also features some sharp styling upgrades over the SC trim level.
How does this hot hatchback compare to its bigger brothers in the Volkswagen group and other vehicles in the crowded European supermini class?
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Seat will be offering its British customers a new, high-value trim level for both the Ibiza and Leon models. The new models are called Copa ( the Spanish word for "cup") and will go on sale at a starting price of £11,995 for the Ibiza model and £16,180 for the Leon. The new trim level will be offered in all three Ibiza body styles – sporty 3dr SC, practical 5dr, and capacious ST estate, and only as a five-door version for the Leon.
For the Ibiza model, the new Copa trim adds 16" Fabula alloy wheels, climate control (including refrigerated glovebox), rain and light sensors for automatic wipers and lights, dark tinted rear windows, leather steering wheel and gearknob, auto-dimming rear view mirror, and bespoke Copa upholstery.
For the Leon models, the new versions will add dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, front seat height and lumbar adjustment, cruise control, and bespoke Copa upholstery.
The new Copa model can be ordered with 1.4 16V petrol or 1.2 TDI CR turbodiesel engines for the Ibiza and 1.2-liter TSI 105 PS turbocharged petrol or 1.6-liter TDI common rail 105 PS turbodiesel for the Leon model.
Like with any other model in Seat’s line-up, the new generation Ibiza has also received an Ecomotive version. It will be available for 5-door, SC, and ST models and will go on sale in September.
The new Seat Ibiza Ecomotive is equipped with the 75 hp 1.2 TDI CR engine with DPF particulate filter and efficient systems such as the Auto Start/Stop and the energy recovery functions, making it one of the cleanest cars on the market.
The list of standard equipment is long and includes ABS, ESP, TCS plus EBA, Hill Hold Assist, and low tire pressure warning. The Ibiza will come with a few airbags to keep the driver and passengers safe. It will have a driver airbag plus passenger airbag and a head-thorax airbag. Audio equipment will include an MP3, Aux-in, and 4 speakers. Other features that will come as standard are air conditioning, electro-hydraulic power steering, 15 inch steel wheels, 185/60 tyres, anti-theft radio antenna, steering column controls, remote-controlled central locking, front fasten seatbelt warning, rear seat Isofix anchoring points plus Top Tether preparation, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, and three height adjustable rear headrests.
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Seat may not be all that popular of a car brand compared to its competitors, but the Spanish automaker sure knows how to get the attention of each and every testosterone-laden man in the world.
The Volkswagen-owned car brand has joined forces with Colombian pop superstar and certified hot-stuff Shakira to release a pair of special-edition Seat variants for both the Ibiza and Leon hatchbacks.
Billed as the Ibiza Good Stuff and the Leon Good Stuff - the name, apparently, was taken from Shakira’s new album "She-Wolf" - each special-edition model comes with a number of engine options, as well as added goodies that include, among other things, a Tom Tom sat nav system, a black iPod Nano 8GB with Seat’s logo on it, Bluetooth hands-free capability, a multi-functional steering wheel, sports seats, heated side mirrors, fog lamps with cornering lights, and "Kenda" alloy wheels.
We’re not certain as to what extent the partnership is between Seat and Shakira, but we do know that the two special-edition Seat hatchies will play prominent roles as Shakira embarks on her Good Stuff European Tour.
Seat unveiled a new special edition for the German market. Based on the three-door Ibiza SC, the Sport Limited Edition will be painted in "Lumina Orange" and will be limited to only 300 units. The new Ibiza SC Sport Limited is priced at €20620.
Besides the exterior paint, the Ibiza SC Sport Limited Edition will be distinguished by: 17-inch alloy wheels finished in black, a new front bumper, side skirts, roof spoiler and a unique rear bumper housing faux air vents on both corners, a diffuser, two tail pipes centrally mounted and the roof painted in black.
The same orange-black theme continues on the interior; there is also a set of sports seats, aluminum pedal set, rain sensors and park assist system.