2021 Cupra Formentor VZ5 Takes Its Audi 2.5L Engine to the Nurburgring

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It’s been around three years since Cupra became an independent brand, having split from SEAT, and during this time, they have constantly expanded the range with new sporty vehicles. Nearly all of them are basically rebadged SEATs, but not the Formentor, which is actually exclusive to the Cupra brand.
Presented in the first quarter of 2020, the Cupra Formentor has been joined by the VZ5 spec a few months ago.

It sits at the top of the lineup, with Audi Sport’s meaty 2.5-liter turbo’d mill, and despite the official unveiling, it is still being fine-tuned by the Spanish brand, as the video shared down below, shot at the Nurburgring, proves.

While in the Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback it produces 400 PS (394 HP / 294 kW), the engine is good for 390 PS (385 HP / 287 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, because, let’s be honest, the Germans weren’t going to let their Mediterranean cousins have all the fun.

Despite packing less oomph than the RS Q3 duo, the Formentor VZ5 is more agile to 100 kph (62 mph), which takes 4.2 seconds, an 0.3-second improvement, according to Cupra. Top speed, on the other hand, is electronically capped at 250 kph (155 mph).

The company’s 4Drive all-wheel drive system, hooked up to a 7-speed DSG transmission, is part of the build, together with 15 levels of damping adjustment, and beefier brakes.

The Taiga Grey exterior color is exclusive to the model, alongside the 20-inch wheels, but it can also be ordered in other paint finishes, contrasted by the signature copper accents.

Blue or black leather upholstery decorates the cabin that also features brushed dark aluminum and copper trim, as well as a 12-inch infotainment system, smartphone integration, voice recognition, and digital dials.

Production of the 2021 Cupra Formentor VZ5 is limited to 7,000 units, and it will launch towards the end of the year.

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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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