Ateca Cupra Special Edition with bespoke touches to help it stand out and turn it into a collectible

While the main focus at the Cupra stand this year at the Geneva International Motor Show may have been unfortunately named Formentor Concept that previews the brand’s first bespoke model, the new Ateca Special Edition undeniably drew some gazes. It has unique touches over the regular Cupra Ateca to help it stand out both visually and in terms of performance (well, only just on that last part).

What makes the Cupra Ateca Special Edition special

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The 2019 Cupra Ateca Special Edition doesn’t get any more power than the regular model - 297 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque from its VW-sourced 2.0-liter TSI turbo four-pot. The same seven-speed DSG dual-clutch is the only transmission option and power is still sent to all four wheels.

But Cupra wants the Ateca Special Edition to “exude greater confidence, coolness and self-assurance” than the regular Ateca by taking its “customisation to the next level with a handcrafted vehicle.”

With that they’re referring to the unique 20-inch rims with copper highlights, required in order to accommodate the new (bigger) Brembo brakes fitted to this version.
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There’s also a rear spoiler at the back that’s there not only for show - Cupra says it makes actual downforce, although refrains to say how much of it is produced.

Probably the single most important addition for this Special Edition has to be the Akrapovic exhaust that not only gives the engine more of a savage bark but actually lowers the vehicle’s weight by 7 kilograms / 15.4 pounds.

Finishing off the list of special features visible from the outside is the unique Graphene Grey paint finish that’s exclusive to this version of the Ateca Cupra and thanks to it “exudes even greater levels of sophistication and dynamic ability.”

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Inside you are greeted by very unique Petrol Blue Alcantara on the front and rear seats, as well as the door panels.

This really does transform the look of the interior which already had quite a sporty feel. Those with a keen eye for detail may also spot the “inclusion of black frames surrounding the air outlets and central console, while Copper Carbon Fibre interior moldings frame the dashboard and climate controls.”

Cupra has not announced how many of these Ateca Special Edition models it plans to make, but it is a limited series version so it’s probably going to be in the hundreds. The model will become available for order this summer with deliveries beginning before the end of 2019.

2019 Cupra Ateca specifications

Cylinder/Valve (Total) 4 Cyl. - 16v
Displacement (cc) 1,984
Bore and stroke (mm) 82.5 x 92.8
Compression ratio 9.3
Maximum power (kW/PS/rpm) 221/300/5,300-6,500
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm) 400/2,000-5,200
Fuel supply system TSI Direct-Injection
Ignition Electronic map-contolled ignition
Fuel type ROZ 98
Emissions standard EU6
Alternator (A) 110-180
Battery (Ah) 59-68/320-380
Max. Speed (mph) 153
Acceleration 0-62mph (s) 5.2

Further reading

2019 Cupra Ateca
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Read our full review on the 2019 Cupra Ateca.

2019 Cupra Formentor Concept
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Read our full review on the 2019 Cupra Formentor Concept.

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