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Published on November 6th, 2012 | by James Allen

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Seat announces next year’s Ibiza Cupra

No reviews of the new Seat Ibiza have been released yet, but that hasn’t stopped the Spanish car maker from producing a range topper for its hatchback range: the Ibiza Cupra.

Teased earlier this year at the Beijing Auto Show, the styling of the new Ibiza Cupra has – in true Volkswagen Group fashion – strayed very little from the concept car’s design, being virtually an exact copy.

Which means that, along with all the other styling quirks of the standard hatch, there’s a redesigned front bumper, bespoke alloy wheels and a trapezoidal exhaust mounted in the centre of the rear diffuser, a la Renaultsport Megane.

The interior, though, has had a far less noticeable makeover, with the biggest of changes being a new Cupra-branded sports steering wheel and shifter paddles (the Ibiza Cupra, it seems, will only be available with a seven-speed DSG gearbox).

Being the sporty model in the range, there are plenty of go-faster gubbins for the Ibiza Cupra: whilst the AP Performance brake package is an optional extra, the Volkswagen Group’s tried-and-tested XDS electric differential comes as standard, as does the 178hp 1.4 “twincharged” (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder petrol engine.

The aforementioned motor does, on paper, hint at rather promising performance and economy figures – Seat claims the Cupra can hit 62mph in 6.9 seconds and max out at 142mph, yet can return a rather impressive 47mpg on the combined cycle.

Prices for the Ibiza Cupra start at £18,825, with first deliveries expected to be made in January 2013. And, if you’re quite interested in putting your name down for one, you’ll be pleased to know that the order book officially opens next week.

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