ABT’s 370PS Seat Leon Cupra Can Mix It With RS3s And A45 AMGs

After visiting ABT Sportsline, this Leon Cupra is ready to take on the big boys in the mega hatch segment, the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A45.

It might not have as much power as the aforementioned models, but this Spanish hot hatch is more than capable of throwing a punch at them.

That’s because the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder now delivers 370PS (365hp / 272kW) and 460Nm (339lb-ft) of torque, an improvement of 70PS (69hp / 51kW) and 80Nm (59lb-ft) over the stock Leon Cupra.

Besides adding their own ECU and an aftermarket exhaust system, ABT Sportsline hasn’t performed other mechanical upgrades. Thus, the vehicle remains front-wheel drive, unlike the RS3 Sportback and AMG A45, but there is a way to benefit from AWD: get the ST (aka estate) variant, preferably in the Carbon Edition flavor that’s limited to 300 cars.

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Enhancing the ride’s head-turning abilities are different sets of wheels offered by ABT. These measure between 18- and 20-inch in size, are offered in different shades and patterns and can be shod with high performance tires, for an extra cost.

The final upgrade includes a set of integrated entrance lights with the tuner’s logo.

One doesn’t necessarily have to own a Leon Cupra to benefit from some of ABT’s offerings, as their portfolio includes more power for different engines of Seat’s compact hatch.

For example, the 1.4-liter petrol unit can deliver 160PS (158hp / 118kW) instead of the original 122PS (120hp / 90kW), and the 2.0-liter diesel makes 210PS (207hp / 154kW), up from 184PS (181hp / 135kW).

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  • Earl Scheib

    If Seat were really serious about positioning this model against its alleged competition, they’d name this the Cupra Cabra.

    • Shane

      Friggin hilarious! Especially since I live in Texas and we don’t get these in the USA so the only time I see them they have Mexican plates on them. Good one.

      • DantesLegions

        That doesn’t make any sense. Cupra is latin for copper.

        • Shane

          It’s a form word play, using two words that sound the same as the joke. Chupa and Cupra both start with C, have a strong U sound, and end with A sounding like “UH”.

    • Nelson

      Lol. Nice one

  • DantesLegions

    hate to criticize but that grille looks outdated…

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