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The Formentor VZ5 Taiga Grey Edition is Cupra's Big Attempt at Building Exclusive Models

The Formentor VZ5 Taiga Grey Edition is Cupra’s Big Attempt at Building Exclusive Models

Only 999 units will be built, each finished in the unique Taiga Grey paint

Cupra announced the Formentor VZ5 (with VZ standing for “veloz”, which translates as “speed” or “fast”) back in February 2021, and now, more than a year later, the SUV is finally about to enter production. The VZ5 is the high-performance version of the Formentor - Cupra’s first vehicle developed from the ground up. The Formentor VZ5’s production kickoff will be celebrated with the launch of a special Taiga Grey version, limited to just 999 units.

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The Cupra UrbanRebel Concept the Epitome of what 3D Printing and Knitting can Accomplish

The Cupra UrbanRebel Concept the Epitome of what 3D Printing and Knitting can Accomplish

This UrbanRebel concept is far less aggressive than the previous version, but it should be a big hit

Seat’s standalone brand, Cupra, has big plans for the future: it aims to sell 500,000 units yearly and will launch three new electrified models by 2025. This will represent a huge jump for Cupra, when you consider that since its launch in 2018 it has only delivered 200,000 units. The three new models coming are the Terramar, Tavascan, and UrbanRebel. If the last name sounds familiar is because a concept with the same name was launched last year. Now, Cupra is back with a new version of the UrbanRebel with a closer to production body compared to the previous version.

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2022 Cupra Formentor VZ5 By ABT Sportsline

2022 Cupra Formentor VZ5 By ABT Sportsline

ABT has spiced up the already-spicy Cupra Formentor VZ5!

Launched only three years ago, Cupra impressed the world with its dynamic and elegant designs. The Formentor VZ5 was launched as a celebration of its third anniversary, and it is also one of the most impressive models offered by Cupra. The Formentor is actually the first model developed from the ground up, but for the VZ5 version, the engine was borrowed from Audi. There will be only 7,000 examples built, so you can say that the Formentor VZ5 is quite a unique car. But, does it need to be updated? Well, ABT sure thinks so!

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Imagine a World Where Cupra Had Porsche Technology and Underpinnings

Imagine a World Where Cupra Had Porsche Technology and Underpinnings

There’s a good chance it will never happen, but could you imagine if future Cupra models had a significant amount of Porsche DNA?

Cupra was launched before the calendar switched to the 2020s to serve as SEAT’s in-house and resident performance arm – similar to the way Genesis is the luxury arm of Hyundai, for example. However, as SEAT and its Cupra arm fall under the Volkswagen umbrella, you can imagine there’s not a lot that separates them from other lower (as in Non-Porsche and Bugatti) VAG brands. The Cupra brand has expressed interest in separating itself from SEAT and other VW products, but so far, little movement in that direction has happened. After all, the Cupra Born, the company’s first EV, looks so similar to the Volkswagen ID.3 that it might as well be a fancy rebadge job at best. But, with so many brands under the VAG umbrella, what if the company borrowed technology from other brands, like say… Porsche?

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2021 CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept

2021 CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept

The CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept gives us a glimpse at how extreme the brand’s future could be

Who said electric cars can’t be fun, and most importantly, who said CUPRA is not going to survive? In fact it did survive, and is doing more than that: it is impressing the world with every car it unveils.

Its last creation - the Tavascan Extreme E Concept - is a 100% concept car built with off-roading in mind. It also offers a second glimpse to the CUPRA’s future Tavascan - or, the company’s second 100% electric model after the Born announced a few months ago. As a reminder, we got a first look at the Tavascan back in 2019 when a concept with the same name was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2021 CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept

2021 CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept

The Cupra UrbanRebel Concept previews an electric urban car set to arrive in 2025

When Seat announced its new CUPRA sub-brand, no one believed it would actually stick around. As it turns out most people were wrong, as CUPRA is still around, and more than that, CUPRA models are very successful across Europe. The company is in fact so serious and successful that it is preparing to launch its first urban electric car sometime in 2025. While that is still four years from now, CUPRA used the 2021 IAA Munich motor show as an opportunity to give us a first glimpse at its future model.

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2022 Cupra Born - The Volkswagen ID3's Worst Nightmare

2022 Cupra Born - The Volkswagen ID3’s Worst Nightmare

The Cupra Born comes with the best that the VW ID.3 has to offer, and then some more

Cupra, SEAT’s performance brand, has rolled out an electric hatch called Born. At its core, it’s a Volkswagen ID.3 but the brand has done well to not give it away easily. The Born is based on the el-Born concept that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This electric hatch looks similar to the ID.3 on the inside, but a lot more aggressive on the outside. It even comes with a performance package that makes it more powerful than the Volkswagen EV. While the VAG won’t matter which brand sells more as long as the volumes come from the same auto group, but will the Cupra Born cannibalize into the ID.3’s sales?

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2021 CUPRA Leon Competición

2021 CUPRA Leon Competición

Cupra is flexing its racing muscle with a TCR-ready Leon

The Leon Competicion might be based on the five-door Cupra Leon hatchback, but in designing it, Cupra had to rethink a lot of areas, including the body kit which was developed using 3D-printing technology.

Race cars must abide by a particular set of rules depending on the competition they are enlisted. Cupra developed the Leon Competicion with TCR-racing customers in mind, so to deliver the finite product, a lot of tweaks were in order.

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The Cupra Formentor VZ5 Is All Audi Heart With Cupra Design

The Cupra Formentor VZ5 Is All Audi Heart With Cupra Design

This looks like a winning formula to us

The much-awaited Cupra Formentor VZ5 is here to celebrate the brand’s three-year anniversary with Audi 2.5-liter power. Those looking to snatch one will have to move quickly, as Cupra is limiting production to just 7,000 units.

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The Cupra Formentor VZ5 Could Have the Heart of An Audi RS Q3

The Cupra Formentor VZ5 Could Have the Heart of An Audi RS Q3

Rumors say that the VZ5 will get Audi’s five-cylinder turbo mill

The Formentor, Cupra’s first proprietary vehicle since it has parted ways with SEAT, can be currently had with a wide range of powertrains, including diesel, gasoline, and plug-in hybrid tech. None of these, however, will have the appeal of the recently teased Formentor VZ5, which is rumored to receive Audi’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.

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2021 Cupra Leon

2021 Cupra Leon

The naughtier Leon shows its colors

The 2021 Cupra Leon is the performance version of SEAT’s Leon compact hatchback. Just like the regular Leon, it is offered as a wagon under the Sportstourer moniker.

The Cupra Leon, be it the hatchback or the estate, can be had with a plug-in hybrid powertrain geared for performance as well as a bunch of exterior and interior styling cues to set it apart from its more pedestrian-looking peer. Here is all you need to know about the Cupra Leon.

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2021 Cupra Formentor by ABT

2021 Cupra Formentor by ABT

Here’s a powerful version of a performance-oriented crossover SUV by ABT

Spanish automaker Seat revealed its performance-oriented brand Cupra a couple of years back. The cars look good, come with a load of niceties, and of course, are strong performers. But, no amount of power or mods are ever enough and that is essentially what’s keeping the aftermarket companies running.

ABT Sportsline, the company which is known to work on Audi cars, and by extension, Volkswagen products, is here with its own version of the Cupra Formentor – a subcompact crossover SUV. The ABT Formentor comes with new wheels, a power boost, and a new exhaust system that makes it a different beast.

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2021 Cupra el-Born

2021 Cupra el-Born

Cupra’s first EV is essentially a VW ID.3 with a different shirt

The SEAT brand we know now is very different from the SEAT we knew a decade ago. The wind of transformation has been blowing over the Volkswagen Group-owned carmaker lately and SEAT has been enjoying a new life thanks to a revised lineup brimming with good-looking cars.

In the process, the Cupra nameplate - used to designate the sportiest models of the SEAT bunch - evolved into a standalone brand and without wasting any time, it has come up with an electric car, albeit with a little help from the VW ID.3. Let’s check out the Cupra el-Born EV.

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2021 CUPRA Formentor

2021 CUPRA Formentor

Cupra’s first in-house production vehicle is a high-performance SUV

The 2020 Formentor is a compact crossover built by Cupra. Unveiled online during what was supposed to be the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the Formentor is the first model exclusively developed by Cupra, a brand established only two years ago. At almost 4.5 meters long, the Formentor is smaller than the Kodiaq, but slightly bigger than the Karoq.

Design-wise, it’s not based on an existing Skoda. But it’s just as aggressive as its Leon-based counterpart and features all the trademark cues of the Cupra brand, like sharp lines, copper trim, and black elements. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s named after a cape on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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2019 CUPRA Tavascan Concept

2019 CUPRA Tavascan Concept

CUPRA’s first all-electric vehicle will be an SUV-coupe, fellas

Out of all the cars churned out by the Volkswagen Group that are not of the premium/luxury ilk, Seat’s models have been the sweethearts when it comes to design, whether we’re talking the Leon, the Ibiza, or the likes of Ateca and Tarraco. CUPRA, a newly-born company that has its origins deeply rooted into the history of SEAT, is looking to follow and build on the same design creed with a stunning all-electric concept called Tavascan.

Now, as a new brand, CUPRA is just stretching its tentacles but it has been doing it with well-defined goals. For example, CUPRA has just become the official partner of FC Barcelona and it was only last month that it announced Mattias Ekstrom as its new e-ambassador and e-Racer official driver. Obviously, CUPRA is a brand that looks towards the future before anything else, so the concoction of all-electric concept cars shouldn’t raise any eyebrows. However, it’s the looks of said concepts that make us raise our hands and admit that CUPRA’s designers know what they’re doing. To further illustrate that, let’s have a closer look at the CUPRA Tavascan prototype, which the brand calls “a glimpse of our first 100% electric road vehicle.”

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