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The most potent SEAT Leon Cupra yet will launch in 2017 with 300hp on offer.

In showrooms in March, the new Cupra takes the title of the most powerful road car in SEAT’s history, thanks to its uprated version of the familiar 2-litre TSI petrol engine also in the Volkswagen Golf R. While its power hike over its predecessor is only 10hp, torque jumps from 350 to 380Nm, over a wide usable range from just 1800 to 5500rpm.

No performance details have yet been released – the current Cupra has a quoted 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds.

The new Cupra will be available in three-door SC, five-door hatch and for the first time an estate ST variant. This model will be supplied with the 4Drive all-wheel-drive system and a DSG auto transmission.

All Leon Cupra models will also include dynamic chassis control (DCC), a progressive steering system and an electronic self-locking differential as standard. The Cupra Drive Profile will feature four modes – Comfort, Sport, Individual and a performance focused Cupra mode.

Full specifications of the car, and pricing, will be revealed closer to order books opening.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.