The Cupra León sharpens its claws with the VZ Cup version

We were able to drive a few hours by Cupra León VZ Cup with family body -it is also available with hatchback- and 245 CV hybrid propulsion system and it’s hard for us to find who can’t be satisfied after getting in the driver’s seat of a car like this. He has got everything. And that starts with its exclusivity.

The VZ Cup version was born as a tribute to the competition CUP models and hence its slightly more radical look. It is provided by side skirts and 19-inch wheels in black and copper tones, as well as matrix LED headlights or carbon fiber mirror caps; while inside perhaps the most striking thing is those bucket seats which, as soon as you enter the cabin, embrace you with the promise of not letting you move sideways.

These seats, which Cupra calls CUP Bucket and that they are covered in leather, they have great control over the torso, but it draws as much or more attention to how their side gussets support the legs. This, of course, is much appreciated when driving around corners as traversing them can be devilishly fast, even with the familiar bodywork; It does not cause any discomfort when driving, for example, on the highway because, in the firmness of their padding, they are considerably comfortable. They are located close to the ground, which means the driving position is more reclined than usual in a car and, likewise, the driver feels very integrated in the León.

Further differential contributions of these VZ coupes come from the copper seams on the dashboard -also, of course, on the seats-, the walkable panoramic roof or the steering wheel satellite buttons. One of them allows you to start or stop the engine, while the other, bearing the brand’s tribal emblem, allows you to select the different driving modes: comfort, sport, Cupra and Individual.

This way you can simplify the choice of one setting or another for damping, steering, response and sound of the engine, air conditioning or cruise control; although you can always choose the latter and adjust each element separately and combine, for example, less steering assistance with cruise control that works by advancing the reactions to soften, for example, braking. In general we will have three adjustments in each of these systems, except for the damping: for this there are up to fifteen different levels, in case we prefer to take the trouble to make the precise adjustment instead of the default in each mode for which Cupra calls DCC, which is nothing more than electronically adjustable damping.

Another attribute of the chassis specific to these Cupras are the Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers for the 370 mm diameter perforated front discs.

In any case, you can go from a certain comfortable roll to a radical behavior that manifests itself in the agility with which this Leon makes changes of direction. We even perceived in them a higher degree of speed than we remembered in this version compared to the others, probably due to a change in the falls. In any case, what is certain is that it will be faster if they have the tires Bridgestone Potenza Race semi-slick which is also associated with the TSI versions as standard equipment.

As for the most powerful hybrid propulsion system available to the Leon, nothing to complain about as it pushes, especially when it can count on the power of both engines at the same time if you accelerate decisively. In addition, if we had access to a plug, it can give us up to almost 60 km in normal conditions of use without the need to consume a drop of gasoline; and, if not, you can spend little while delivering a considerable punch. In the conditions in which we use it – a short urban trip before exiting the motorway at legal speed and facing a section of secondary road with a few bends before returning to the expressway – we recorded an expenditure of 6.8 l/100 km.

In addition to the version mentioned 1.4 e-Hybrid with 245 hp, the León VZ Cup has others with 2.0 TSI engines with 300 and 310 hp, always with the DSG change, and the latter linked to all-wheel drive and specifically for the Spotstourer body, the familiar.

As far as safety equipment is concerned, the Leon VZ Cup has the pre-collision assistant, side and rear curtain airbags, knee airbags for the driver, in addition to the usual standard ones: front, side and front curtain.

In the TSI, the Beats sound system has 9 speakers with a 340 W amplifier and surround technology.

The price of this VZ Cup version with the 245 hp hybrid propulsion system is 52,710 euros for the sedan and 53,710 for the station wagon; while with the 300 hp TSI engine the price is 55,527 and 55,864 euros respectively. The most expensive Cupra León VZ Cup is the wagon with the most powerful engine, 310 hp, and 4Drive traction: 58,550 euros.

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