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As we were saying yesterday, all of the news lately has been about football. Even in the automotive industry! For example, if England has its very own customized Pagani Zonda , then why can’t Germany get its own Seat Leon Cupra R tuned by JE Design and Kobia?

Je Design wanted to have a faster and a more muscular car. To do that they added a wide body kit that includes subtle wheel arch extensions, a new front spoiler with large air intakes, headlamp mask, a new center spoiler, new side skirts, rear apron, central diffuser insert, and a powerful rear wing with recessed logo.

Under the hood, Je Design updated the 2.0-liter TFSI engine’s output to 310 HP and 400 NM of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph.

The package also includes an adjustable suspension that lowers the ride by 44 mm and a set of 10x18-inch, black glossy wheels wrapped around 255/35 R 18 tires.

What’s a little surprising about this tuning package is that JE Design wanted to specifically target the car’s output to provide a speedier model of the Cupra R, but they only brought up the horsepower to 310. The only reason this is confusing to us is because we know they could have boosted it to 330hp as they did with another Seat Leon Cupra R back in March. Come on, JE Design. If you are going to try and go the extra mile for the World Cup at least give us everything we know you’ve got.

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Just nine months after we got a first look at the new Seat Leon Cupra R, it has gone on sale in the UK. The new Cupra R gets a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has 261 horsepower. That is a massive 10 percent more than the old Leon Cupra.

Of course, there is another Cupra that is faster than that. The limited edition Cupra 310 gets 306 horsepower and the German market will get the Cupra Edition, which will get around 282 horsepower.

Drivers will be able power away from the lights with the cars 258 pound feet of torque and the short-throw six-speed gearbox. All this power will allow the car to hit 62 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

With all that power, it’s simply astonishing that the little Cupra R can get 34.9 miles per gallon with only 190 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Standard features include stability control and traction control. There is also an XDS system, which retools the anti-lock brakes to mimic a limited slip differential.

There are 19-inch Potenza wheels that will be available in silver and white, a rear diffuser, a spoiler, and center-mounted dual exhaust tailpipes.

Our readers in the UK can expect to say around £25,205, with only 500 units available per year.

Press release and video after the jump.


Seat was the World Touring Car Champion in 2009, taking both first and second place (Gabriele Tarquini in the first place and Yvan Muller in the second). To celebrate that success the Swiss division of the Spanish maker has unveiled the special edition Seat Leon Cupra R 310 WCE. There will be only 200 units built, each priced at 32,310 Euro.

The SEAT Leon Cupra R310 WCE (World Champion Edition) is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine tuned to deliver a total of 310 HP (up from the standard 265 HP). The engine was developed by the German tuner ABT. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph.

For the interior the Cupra R310 gets Alcantara Black / Silver sports seats and center console with chrome accessories. Of course, no special edition is complete without its list of "extras". Each car will be equipped with bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone Climatronic, a radio/CD/MP3 with 8 speakers, navigation system with touchscreen and Bluetooth handsfree, ESP ALR, RSPs, XDS and control system tire pressure, 6 airbags, and a multifunction steering wheel.

And guys, just because we are sure you are wondering who that divine woman is standing by the car; it’s Swiss race car driver and former Playboy model, Christina Surer.


The Leon has always been Seat’s most successful model and it seems the same thing may be said with the next generation. According to rumors circulating today, Seat will use the next Leon as the guinea pig to offer its first hybrid and electric cars. Not a surprising statement considering the ties Seat has with Volkswagen and its Golf model. The Seat Leon was based off the VW Golf and with the Golf entering the world of electric mobility, it would be an easy transition for the Leon to make.

Seat is currently testing the first plug-in hybrid version of the Leon, known as Twin Drive, and a production version will follow in 2012 when this next Leon will be revealed. The Spanish manufacturer is also preparing an electric version that is rumored to use the same drivetrain as the IBE concept. This concept operates in a lithium-ion battery which works in conjunction with the drive motor and power electronics.

As for the design for the next generation Leon, it will be inspired by the IBE concept’s short, low, and wide shape. It will be offered in three and five-door hatchback variants, with a station wagon version also being a possibility.

Source: Autocar

JE Design is wasting little time tuning Seat Leon Cupras left and right. After already providing us with the finely-tuned Seat Leon Cupra , they’re at it again after turning their attention to the more Cupra’s more powerful version, the Cupra R . The new tuning package will focus on improving both cars’ aerodynamics and performance.

The standard version of the Cupra R allows a total of 265 hp, but JE Design tuned the engine to an impressive 330 hp and 420 NM. Unfortunately, they did not reveal how this will improve the car’s performance.

The tuning package also includes: a complete bodykit, lowered springs or coilovers, multispoke alloy-wheels, sport-exhaust systems, and exclusive leather interior.

We always hate it when errant soccer balls end up dinging up our cars but when you have someone like freestyle soccer player - and world record-holder - Dan Magness doing the kicking, the anger turns into something along the lines of amazement.

As part of a contest to win a VIP trip for two to the UEFA Europa League Final in Hamburg, Germany, Seat is inviting everyone who have any semblance of soccer skills to upload their own freestyle football videos

As inspiration, Seat invited Magness to demonstrate his remarkable soccer skills by attempting to kick a soccer ball into the open rear window of a Leon Cupra R hatchback that is consistently moving at a distance. Magness had five shots at the car and made three of them - not what we expected but impressive nevertheless.

Source: Seat

Je Design revealed a new tuning package for the 2010 Seat Leon FR. The package upgrades both performance and styling upgrades and is available for both petrol and diesel versions.

For the petrol version, the TFSI-engine has been upgraded to deliver a total of 270 hp and 355 NM. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is now made in 6.2 seconds. For the diesel version, the tuner has added a Can-Tronic boosts that updates the output to 204 hp and the torque to 380 NM. The 0 to 60 mph sprint went down to 7.6 seconds.

The aerodynamics package includes: bold headlight blends, LED daytime running lights, front spoiler with the double lip, side skirts, rear skirt attachment, center diffuser attachment, four-pipe exhaust system and 19inch wheels.

Press release after the jump.

The Spanish arm of the Volkswagen family, Seat has just added a new version to its sporty Leon lineup of hot hatches to make the all new factory tuned Seat Leon Cupra R the most powerful vehicle in the automaker’s history because it is powered by a 2.0 Liter TSI engine that produces a maximum output of 265 HP that allows the Spanish sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.

Seat Leon Cupra R

The car’s increased performance under the hood is only accentuated by the new ten spoke 19 inch rims that are actually five pair of skinny split spokes that hide the large red brake calipers behind them. Both the front grill and rear hatch get a distinctive R badge complete with trailing checkered flag to let the world know that this is a special kind of Leon Cupra no matter whether you are coming at it head on or watching the Seat get smaller and smaller as it zooms on by.

Seat Leon Cupra R

The interior of the Seat Leon Cupra R is upgraded with a sporty set of bucket seats wrapped in grippy grey Alcantara upholstery, while the instrument cluster is lit up by a series of white LEDs. As far as the drivers tactile connection to the car is concerned, Seat has fitted the most powerful Cupra with a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and some sporty aluminum pedals to make this car look as good as it goes.

UPDATE 06/21/2010: Just nine months after we got a first look at the new Seat Leon Cupra R, it has gone on sale in the UK. The new Cupra R gets a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has 261 horsepower. That is a massive 10 percent more than the old Leon Cupra.

Press release after the jump.

The German tuning firm JE Design has a long history modifying every member of the Volkswagen Family, all the way from Audi to Skoda Skoda . Well the small design house has just released details on their latest customization package for the Spanish built Seat Leon Seat Leon Cupra, a car that won the FIA World Touring Car Championship outright in 2008 with a TDI power plant. The new package from JE Design adds a bit of that attitude from the race car to the ordinary lion’s performance and styling.

Seat leon Cupra by JE Design

On the outside JE keeps things simple with a straight forward ground effects package starting off with a front spoiler to close off the bottom of the Cupra’s wide mouth front bumper. This if followed by a pair of sculpted side skirts that bring the body closer to the ground visually and add some extra scoops to the Seat’s body. Out back JE Design incorporates a rear skirt attachment and diffuser inserts with a wild wing on top to transform the Cupra into a truly hot hatch.

Not wanting to leave the Leon all show and no go, so JE upgraded TSFI power plant to make a maximum out of 285 HP and 283 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Seat Seat Leon Cupra to go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5.9 seconds, half a second faster then the factory version, while the car’s top speed is raised to a tested 162 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

Source: JE Design

The artisans from J.E. Design have unleashed their paintbrushes on another one of the European exclusive members of the Volkswagen Family. The SEAT Leon recently underwent some reconstructive surgery in order to give the Spanish sports car a facelift. J.E. takes the entire process a step further with a complete reworking of the Leon’s exterior.

The tuners started out with a ground effects kit consisting of a set of side skirts as well as new front and rear aprons that bring the body closer to the road. Out front the factory SEAT grill has been replaced by a badge less matte black mesh unit. Above the driver’s head sits a rally inspired roof scoop which is quite possibly more about form than function, and finishing off the bodywork, J.E. has added a very racy rear wing.

J.E. equips the Leon with their signature rim in sizes ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches in diameter. Wheel gap is decreased thanks to a set of sport lowering springs, but even more ride height adjustment is available with a set of J.E. Design coil-overs. Finishing off the tuning package is a free flowing stainless steel exhaust that gives off a distinguished roar to let people know that something special is approaching. As soon as the new Leon hits the market, J.E. will be waiting with their aero kit.

Press release after the jump.


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