SEAT Leon Cupra R priced at £34,995

The flagship 306bhp Leon Cupra R is the hottest SEAT ever, and becomes the most expensive model in the range.

SEAT has announced its new Leon Cupra R will cost from £34,995 in the UK. That’s a £4,540 premium over a standard Leon Cupra, while only 24 of the 799 examples of the R will be heading to UK shores; first customer deliveries are due in January.

The Leon Cupra R gets a retuned version of the regular Cupra’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which develops 306bhp. That’s enough to make it the most powerful production model in the Spanish manufacturer’s history. It will be front-wheel drive only, and use a six-speed manual gearbox in the UK; a seven-speed DSG model is not offered over here.

SEAT has also confirmed the Cupra R is capable of 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155mph.

Two exterior colours are offered to buyers: Monsoon grey and Midnight black. As standard all Cupra R models come wiht 19-inch black and copper alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and a BeatsAudio sound system. Also included is a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and 3D sat nav with eight-inch touchscreen.

Styling tweaks include more aggressive front and rear bumpers, plus a rear diffuser. There’s carbon-fibre detailing on the front splitter, rear spoiler and side skirts, and a copper finish on the wheels and side mirrors. Upgrades continue inside with an Alcantara steering wheel and gearstick, while the copper treatment on the exterior is also found on the centre console, dash and door panels.

As we revealed in August, SEAT plans to expand the Cupra brand, and has filed trademark applications for new badges that could adorn models in their own right.

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