SEAT Leon Cupra Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 3
First production year: 2001
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: Hatchback

2013 - Present

Before it was changed into a different brand, the Cupra was a version of some of the Spanish Seat brand. It defined the most performance models such as Leon. The compact-class vehicle built on the same MQB platform as the Golf shares a lot of components with its German cousin. But the Cupra has different styling and interior. It comes in two body styles: as a three-door or as a five-door vehicle. It is fitted as standard with full LED headlights, a different bumper, and 19" light-alloy wheels. A roof spoiler and dual oval exhausts are completing the hot-hatch look. From the tech...

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2006 - Present

SEAT introduced the second generation of the Cupra in 2005, and in the following year, the Spanish carmaker unveiled the most powerful version of its compact hatchback. SEAT pitted it against the best hot-hatches, such as the Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS, or Renault Megane RS. It was a bold move since the carmaker already built the Cupra FR with 200 hp, but it paid off. The Cupra was the most streamlined vehicle among its siblings, the Golf and the Audi A3 Sportback. It also shared its platform with the Audi TT and the Skoda Octavia, but its body shape differed. Compared with othe...

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gasoline engines:

  SEAT Leon Cupra 2.0L TFSI 6MT (240 HP)


2001 - 2002

The Spanish brand SEAT introduced two Cupra versions for the successful first generation of the Leon model in 2001, unveiling the carmaker's ambitions to create sporty vehicles. SEAT introduced the first generation of the Leon in 1999 based on the same PQ34 platform as the Volkswagen Golf IV, Audi TT, and Skoda Octavia. While most versions were available with a front-wheel drive setup, the carmaker knew that it could install different powertrains carried over from its parent company, Volkswagen Group. So when it introduced the sportiest version of the Leon in 2001, the Cupra, it dare...

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diesel engines:

  SEAT Leon Cupra 4 1.9 TDI 6MT AWD (150 HP)