Seat Leon

Seat Leon

April 1st was a very interesting day regarding automotive news. We can’t tell you for sure if the things are for real or not, but we will let you be the judge of that! It all started with the Kia KEE_wii, a concept that incorporates a new, dynamic and more involving drive system, called Dynamic On-Road Kinetics.

And then it was the Smart Two tuning kit by RENNTECH. It is powered by two (2) 1000cc, 3 cyl. Smart engines, each mated to its own 5-speed, automated transmission. The end result is a twin-engined, 182 hp AWD street machine that zips from zero to sixty in an astonishing (and terrifying!) 5.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 138 mph.

And the big of all is the special paint from Seat which constantly adapts to mimic the car’s surroundings.

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Seat, the innovative brand of VW, revealed today something unique. We don’t know exactly if this is a trick due to April Fool’s day, but according to the Spanish manufacturer an elite team of technicians working at the company developed a special paint which constantly adapts to mimic the car’s surroundings.

Unfortunately this can’t be catalogated as a great invention because cars wearing this technology will be hard to see in traffic. An interesting question would be: will the car ever be caught on the speeding camera?

Seat UK revealed a new race-bred Leon special edition: the Leon FR550 - ‘550’ representing the total number of these models being made available. The new FR550 is based on the popular Leon FR TDI, with a raft of unique styling and equipment additions ensuring it looks every inch the track star.

Under the bonnet, and continuing the diesel theme, the ‘550’ shares the same 170 PS, turbo charged 2.0-litre TDI that powers the Leon FR TDI. Performance, therefore, is distinctly spirited.

This 135 mph car blasts from rest to 62 mph in a mere 8.2 seconds, yet is also capable of offering fully 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle, and as much as 56.5 mpg out of town. All this, and CO2 emissions of just 161 g/km, add up to a tempting ‘hot hatch with a conscience’.

Seat UK today added a new limited edition to the Leon Cupra line-up: the K1, a styling kit version that adds to the model an even more sporty look. The body kitted K1 costs £20,495.

SEAT Leon Cupra K1

The SEAT Leon Cupra K1 features extensively re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler and unique chrome-tipped, centrally-mounted, oval exhaust. It is offered in a range of eye-catching colors: Inferi Black, Emocion Red, Luna Grey and Candy White.

Press release after the jump.

Seat unveiled the Leon Ecomotive, a model powered by a 1.9 TDI engine that has a fuel consumption of 3.7 litres per 100 kilometers and a CO2 emission of 119 g/km.

The 1.9 TDI engine delivers 105 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,900 rpm. The new model’s dynamic capability has even been improved, giving 1 km/h faster top speed, while 0 to 100 km/h acceleration is 0.4 seconds and 0 to 1,000 metre acceleration is 0.6 seconds faster - or 186 km/h, 10.9 seconds and 32.6 seconds respectively.

Seat Leon Ecomotive

The new Leon has been fitted with a DPF particulate filter as standard equipment, filtering the typical (but small amount of) soot particles that most diesel engines produce. When left unfiltered, these particles remain in suspension and attract other harmful elements. Approximately 0.3% of diesel engine emissions are made up of gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide, and nitric acids as well as soot.

The Leon Ecomotive comes standard with 195/65 tyres on 15 inch wheels or 205/55 tyres on 16 inch wheels.

It is available in two different trim levels: Reference and Stylance. A sport version will also be available: Sport Limited version builds on Reference with sport seats, leather steering wheel, 16 inch alloy wheels, foglamps and black door handles.

When it comes to the haute couture topic of car colors, it seems that white is set to be the must-have shade among the beautiful people. Never mind the outdated image of ‘three-month white’ – the time skeptical car dealers once reckoned a vehicle would sit, unloved and unsold, on their forecourt before heading off to the auctions. Today, white is being tipped as the hot hue among buyers keen to show they’re more Prada than Primark.

SEAT is attending the PReVENT exhibition, which focuses on information and communication technologies dedicated to road safety, taking place from 18 to 22 September in Versailles, France. The exhibition features the development of several collaboration projects among European institutions and universities which mainly focus on road safety.

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