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2018 Cupra Ibiza

2018 Cupra Ibiza

Cupra goes it alone with a proven hot hatch recipe

The Ibiza nameplate has been around since 1984, when Spanish automaker SEAT introduced it as a replacement for the outgoing Fura. Framed as an affordable and fun B-segment supermini, the Ibiza has seen five generations over the years, the most recent of which dropped in 2017 at the Geneva International Motor Show. A variety of body styles have been used as well, including a five-door hatchback, a sedan, a coupe, and a wagon, but the most interesting of the lot is the hot-to-trot Cupra model. These high-performance iterations (“Cupra” is an amalgamation of “cup” and “racing”) are aimed squarely at the enthusiast market, bringing more power, aggressive styling, stiff suspension, big brakes, and an interior-spec upgrade to match. These days, Cupra fancies itself a standalone brand, much in the same way Polestar detached itself from Volvo. And while the first effort for the sub-brand-turned-automaker is the 300-horsepower Ateca SUV, you can bet a freshly Cupra-tized Ibiza is on the way too. That much was revealed in a slew of images posted to social media prior to an expected debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. In response to the leak, Cupra dropped a selection of official pics, given us a clearer view of the pumped-up five-door.

While Cupra is saying the Ibiza isn’t considered an official part of the range just yet (this latest model is designated as no more than a design exercise), we think it’s highly likely the hot hatch is production-ready. The brand will show the new Ateca in Geneva, which is all well and good, but in all honesty, the Ibiza is the the one we really want. Read on to find out why.

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2017 Seat Ibiza

2017 Seat Ibiza

A fresh generation for the popular Spanish hatchback

First put into production in 1984, the Ibiza is one of Seat’s most successful models. In the 33 years it’s been on the market, the Spanish automaker has managed to move as many as 5.4 million examples of the Ibiza. That’s an impressive number, with a total of four generations coming and going over the years. Now, there’s a new fifth generation, which saw a debut earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show following a reveal at the island that provided the car’s namesake, Ibiza, off the eastern coast of Spain. This refreshed entry in the supermini segment sees improvements across the board and was created in order to offer customers higher levels of safety, a fresh aesthetic, greater performance, and more comfort as well. Both gas and diesel powerplants are available, while a seven-speed automatic transmission and the latest smartphone support are on the table as well. Under the skin is a brand new platform, courtesy of Seat’s parent company, Volkswagen Auto Group.

Of course, as one of Seat’s most popular models, the trick is to add to what’s already there without taking away anything from the outgoing model. As such, the question is this – does the new Ibiza have the same spark as the old? Read on to find out.

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2014 Seat Ibiza Cupster Concept

2014 Seat Ibiza Cupster Concept

Spanish automaker Seat isn’t particularly known for developing eye-catching concepts, so please excuse us for doing a double-take on the Cupster Concept it unveiled at the 2014 Worthersee event. The concept, developed to celebrate the Ibiza’s 30th anniversary, is pretty innovative in its own right, which is a testament to what Seat is capable of if it puts its all into building cars that are out of its wheelhouse. The Cupster Concept is based on the Ibiza Cupra, which really doesn’t say much because most of the details in the concept roadster are things we’ve never seen Seat do in the past. The lowered stance gives it racing appeal and the absence of a traditional front windscreen puts the car in a concept level all its own.

In place of the typical windscreen, Seat opted to use a wraparound window that extends horizontally from one rear section all the way to other, wrapping the Cupster in somewhat of a glass encasing that looks pretty cool if you’re into a design quirk like this.

Seat has made no indication on whether it plans to sell the Cupster Concept as a production model. For what it’s worth, we’d take a long look at it before putting down the money to buy one. That wraparound window design is a definite eye-catcher, even though that feature would never find its way into showrooms.

Good work on this concept, though, Seat. Rare is the time when you get attention for a concept car, but this one really did the job.

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2013 Seat Ibiza SC Trophy

2013 Seat Ibiza SC Trophy

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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2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra

2013 Seat Ibiza Cupra

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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2012 SEAT Ibiza by JE Design

2012 SEAT Ibiza by JE Design

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.

Click past the jump to read what JE Designs has done to make the SEAT Ibiza more stylish, comfortable, and even a little bit faster.

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2012 Seat Ibiza SC Trophy

2012 Seat Ibiza SC Trophy

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.

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SEAT Ibiza Cupra "Concept"

SEAT Ibiza Cupra "Concept"

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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2011 Seat Leon and Ibiza Copa

2011 Seat Leon and Ibiza Copa

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.

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2011 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

2011 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Seat Ibiza SC Sport Limited Edition

2010 Seat Ibiza SC Sport Limited Edition

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.

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2010 Seat Ibiza ST

2010 Seat Ibiza ST

The Spanish automaker Seat will unveil the third variant of the fun loving Ibiza lineup at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The slightly longer Ibiza ST will fill the gap created by those consumers looking for a little extra space to store their junk in the trunk when it goes on sale early this summer.

The Seat Ibiza ST measures in at 18 cm longer than the standard hatchback version, for a total length of 4.23 meters, and can hold up to 430 Liters worth of goods in the wagon like five door estate. This also means that the Ibiza ST’s interior is impressively spacious, with an accomplished and high quality character. The new model will be offered with a choice of six 21st century power plant variations including a trio of gas burning as well as three TDI units producing between 70 HP and a very economical 105 HP.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Seat Ibiza FR TDI

2010 Seat Ibiza FR TDI

The Spanish automaker SEAT has just added a new sporty alternatively fueled version of their best selling Ibiza hot hatch called the Ibiza FR TDI. The turbo diesel powered compact is available in either the three door SC or the more practical five door body style starting at a very reasonable £16,465. According to Andy McGregor, SEAT UK’s Ibiza Product Manager, "the arrival of the Ibiza FR TDI signals our intention to make SEAT a leader in the supermini sector."

Powered by a turbocharged diesel engine that delivers a total of 143 HP, the Ibiza FR comes with SEAT’s new XDS electronic virtual limited slip differential for improved handling and even torque distribution as well as exclusive FR specific detailing inside and out to denote this as a very special Ibiza. The FR can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.2 seconds and reach an electronicaly limited top speed of 130 MPH, all while getting as much as 62.7 MPG on the combined cycle ensuring that the new SEAT Ibiza FR TDI is as easy on the wallet as it is fun to drive.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Seat Ibiza Concept Ibz

2010 Seat Ibiza Concept Ibz

The Spanish automaker Seat just unveiled the third version of the Ibiza lineup at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Even if it is just in concept form, the all new Ibiza Concept, Ibz, will make it to production in 2010. The new Ibiza features a distinctive exterior as well as interior design and benefits from the use of cutting edge technology to create a gripping driving experience.

Up front the Ibz concept features design details like a forward sloping hood, honeycomb center grill complete with aluminum surround, wide mouth front bumper and diamond shaped headlights filled with bright LED lighting. The Spanish speaking section of Volkswagen also added a set of 19 inch alloy wheels, each with an embossed ‘S’ in the center cap and a sporty high mount roof spoiler out back.

The interior of the Ibz concept is covered in the creamy color “Magnolia” and comes with a newly designed set of bucket seats that lead into the sporty design of the instrument panel as well as the four circular air vents on the dashboard that are encased in aluminum. The Seat Ibz concept is a forward thinking design stud that adds a previously unseen level of style and sophistication for the Spanish Golf.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Ibiza Bocanegra

2009 Seat Ibiza Bocanegra

Bocanegra or “black mouth” in its native tongue was first used to describe the Spanish automaker SEAT’s 1200 Sport back in 1975. It was an affordable coupe with a striking blacked out front end. SEAT resurrected the nickname when they unveiled their Ibiza Bocanegra concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, today’s model, with upgraded technology and styling has just made its debut at the Barcelona Motor Show.

Gone are the R8 inspired wheels, brakes and LED style headlamps. However what’s left ain’t too shabby either. The physical upgrades to the SEAT hatch are a wide mouth front bumper, blacked out double projector headlamps and a reflective black plastic piece that ties the front end together. Housed inside of the blistered arches are a set of 17 inch Sira alloys. Inside the driver sits in some of the most stylish seats ever to be placed in a SEAT. This is one compact that is well deserving of the name hot-hatch, the Bocanegra will be powered by Volkswagen’s twin charged 1.4 Liter TSI engine, pumping out either 150 or 180 HP.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Ibiza 25th anniversary

2009 Seat Ibiza 25th anniversary

The SEAT Ibiza is Spain’s version of the Volkswagen Golf, and the budget minded five seater will be celebrating a quarter of a century with a special edition for the Barcelona International Motor Show. The 25th anniversary Ibiza will be available in either the sport coupe or 5 door bodies powered by a very economical 1.4 Liter four cylinder making 85 HP or a 105 HP 1.9 Liter TDI engine. Standard equipment consists of air conditioning, tinted windows, 17 inch rims and USB connectivity. The special edition is easily recognizable from the exterior thanks to unique “25th Anniversary” badges.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Ibiza 1.6 TDI CR

2009 Seat Ibiza 1.6 TDI CR

Seat added a new version to its Ibiza line-up: the 1.6 TDI CR engine in both its 5-door and SC versions. It will be available starting June.

The new engine develops 90 hp and will be placed between the current 80 hp 1.4 TDI and 105 hp 1.9 TDI engines and replaces the 90 hp 1.9 TDI engine. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The new engine has a fuel consumption of only 4.2 l/100 km and an emission level of 109 g/km.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Ibiza FR

2009 Seat Ibiza FR

Seat will unveil at the Barcelona Motor Show the Ibiza FR, the latest addition to the Ibiza line-up. It is powered by a twin charger 1.4 TSI engine that delivers 150 hp mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles.

The Ibiza FR features new bumpers that lend a more aggressive appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround on the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. The FR version comes with silver colored door mirrors, 17" rims and twin tailpipe.

Standard equipment includes: ESP, TCS + EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tyre pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, CD radio with MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux-in connection, sports suspension and cornering foglights, among other elements.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Ibiza Cupra

2009 Seat Ibiza Cupra

The Ibiza CUPRA is the fastest and most powerful addition to the Ibiza collection. It is powered by a 180 hp 1.4 TSI twin-charger engine mated to a seven speed DSG gearbox with levers on the steering wheel.

The new Ibiza CUPRA features an exclusive design with a spectacular front end where the “Arrow Design” concept lends maximum expressivity, especially due to the newly designed bumper, featuring the air intake vents surrounding the central grille, and the overall athletic looks, with its outstanding 17” alloy wheels, prominent shoulders that house the rear lights, and the newly designed, centrally placed trapezoid tailpipe.

The sport seats mold themselves around the driver. The sport suspension makes for an irresistibly active handling of the vehicle. The gas and break pedals are fitted with matte aluminum covers. The steering wheel and gearstick are finished in top quality leather. The folding door mirrors are in shiny black and bumpers match the body color.

Press release after the jump.

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