2018 SEAT Ibiza Cupra Rendering Is Called 250, Has Orange Pack

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2018 SEAT Ibiza Cupra Rendering Is Called 250, Has Orange Pack2018 SEAT Ibiza Cupra Rendering Is Called 250, Has Orange Pack
If I remember correctly, when SEAT discontinued the Ibiza Sport Coupe last year, it said there would never be another Cupra as well. However, it doesn't really make sense to build a supermini with a much wider track, increased torsional rigidity and not sprinkle it with Cupra spice.
We often show you renderings that make very little sense, like convertible versions of the Fiesta. We had to dig deep for ideas on that one. However, the 2018 Ibiza Cupra is a no-brainer. It's going to be delayed by the Ateca Cupra, but it should happen.

Like I said, the new Ibiza has a much stiffer body, thanks to welding and bonding techniques that will become standard for the MQB A0 platform. The wheelbase has been stretched 95mm to 2,564mm, resulting in a MINI-like wheel-at-each-corner setup.

The press release even said that the MQB A0 is designed to take many different types of powertrains and suspension types. Not only will the Polo GTI, which is already under development, have the same platform, but it will likely also use a multi-link independent rear setup.

We keep going on and on about rear suspension because it's the main thing that makes something like a Golf R both sporty and comfortable. And when you spend upwards of €25,000 on an Ibiza, you expect it to do everything.

X-Tomi Design
made not one but two renderings of the Ibiza Cupra in just a day. He describes the first as having a 200 horsepower engine, while the Cupra 250 is a completely different kind of animal. We think 220 or 230 PS is a more reasonable number for the most hardcore Ibiza. However, even 200 is enough, considering it would match the famous Golf 5 GTI.

Of course, the Ibiza Cupra might really have 250 horsepower because Audi is preparing a similar S1.

We've often speculated that the Polo GTI, a sister car to the hot Ibiza, will switch to the 2-liter architecture. This would allow VW Group to stop development of the 1.8-liter while also justifying the installation of a better gearbox. The DSG7 system found on the 192 PS Polo GTI and Ibiza Cupra from last year cannot handle the torque, thus forcing the 1.8 TSI to be de-tuned by 30 Nm.

What makes the Ibiza Cupra 250 rendering cool is what's known as the Orange Pack. On the bigger Leon, this is one of the several configurations costing around €3,000 that add everything from those awesome wheels and painted mirrors to Michelin track tires and 4-piston 370mm Brembo brakes.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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