Seat Tarraco Cupra R Is the Spanish SUV We Wanted to See

 Seat Tarraco Cupra R Is the Spanish SUV We Wanted to See 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
Like many other brands, SEAT has given up on its core sporty values to chase a bigger slice of the crossover pie. Earlier this week, we met the new Tarraco and wished the model we saw looked like this Cupra R rendering.
We're sure plenty of people will ask the automaker if it plans to make a Cupra version of the Tarraco. The company already presented the Cupra Ateca, which will go on sale soon, and reportedly has plans for a 200 horsepower Arona model.

Cupra is now an independent brand with, supposedly, its own identity. Representatives have promised a bespoke-bodied Cupra SUV in 2020 or so, which some have interpreted as meaning a Sports Activity Coupe is on its way.

But getting back to the rendering at hand, we have a Tarraco Cupra R from X-Tomi Design. Changes included a giant set of air intakes and blacked out mesh inserts at the front. The chin spoiler is made from carbon fiber too. For the extra visual appeal, copper accents are used throughout the car, including the 20-inch wheels.

Now that's the kind of Tarraco we can get behind. Unfortunately, SEAT probably isn't going to build such a thing. But if it did, what would power it?

We can think of three possible engine configurations. The first is a diesel, the same 240 horsepower bi-turbo 2-liter that's going under the hood of the Kodiaq RS, since the Skoda model is mechanically very similar to this one.

Another option is to have the same shebang as in the Leon Cupra R, a 310 horsepower 2.0 TSI. However, it just doesn't have what a 7-seat crossover needs to get going, so we want to suggest the Audi RS3 engine, which VW wants to put into its Tiguan R.

So what will it be guys, the first diesel-powered Cupra or the first 5-cylinder turbo in a Cupra? The answer is kind of obvious.
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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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