Seat Leon Cupra 

  • 2006
  • 237 HP 2.0L
  • 153 mph
The TFSI engine is as fantastic as ever and you still wouldn’t know that there was a turbo nestled under the bonnet.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)
But at £19,595, complete with bi-xenons, climate control and an MP3-compatible CD player as standard, the Cupra is likely to be a huge hot hatch success.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Seat Leon Cupra


Leon Cupra
6.3 s
5.4 s

Top speed

Leon Cupra
153 mph
MX-5 Miata
130 mph
Focus RS
163 mph


Leon Cupra
14.3 s
MX-5 Miata
19.5 s

Top Gear track time

Leon Cupra
Focus RS

1/4 mile

Leon Cupra
14.6 s
MX-5 Miata
16.3 s

Data points Key details of the Seat Leon Cupra


Leon Cupra
237 HP
MX-5 Miata
170 HP


Leon Cupra
222 ft-lb
Mustang GT 5.0
390 ft-lb
Focus RS
326 ft-lb

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Although the ride is undoubtedly firm, the suspension is also very well damped, but as speed increases the Cupra reveals the Golf GTI’s ability to smooth over a surface in ruthlessly efficient fashion.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)
The steering is decently weighty, which helps at high speed and bodes well for involvement when we eventually turn off towards the hills.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)
Grip is huge, yet easily trimmed on the limit.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)


Even better, they could have borrowed some styling cues from the WTCC car, proudly displayed at the Spanish launch venue.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)
Crucially it fails completely to make the black finish at the bottom of the rear bumper, the larger grille at the front and the Ebony Black door mirrors and B-pillars stand out.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)
As we pass through a typical Spanish town that looks like it has been in the process of being finished for several centuries, the Cupra gives a few low-speed jiggles over the broken asphalt.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)


This new version of the TFSI (turbo petrol) engine is the most powerful unit ever to reside in a SEAT, and it will also be unique to SEAT within the VW group.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)


Its boosted power has been achieved by an enlarged turbine and compressor in the turbo, larger injectors and a new cylinder head.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)


The result is 237bhp at 5700-6300rpm, with 0-62mph in 6.4sec and a top speed of 153mph – not the sort of stuff you’re likely to be bored with by Boxing Day.
by EVO (Jan, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Seat
Year 2006

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.18 lb/hp
Maximum hp 237 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Maximum torque 222 ft-lb @ 2,200 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,000 cc
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,124 lb
Width 69.6 in
Height 57.4 in
Length 170.2 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in

road tests

Top speed 153 mph
1/4 mile 14.6 s
0-60mph 6.3 s
0-100mph 14.3 s
0-200kph 27.6 s
Top gear time 1:33.50
Hockenheim short lap time 1:20.30


Drivetrain 2WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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