Limited edition Seat Leon Cupra R breaks cover

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We've always had a soft spot for the Seat Leon Cupra, but against more recent entries to the hot hatch arms race like the new Honda Civic Type R and the all-wheel drive Ford Focus RS, it's looking a little outgunned.

Seat has unveiled its most powerful model ever ahead of the Frankfurt Motor show.

As this is a limited-run vehicle (just 799 will be built), SEAT has been able to indulge its wilder side with the Leon Cupra R. The first thing to strike you is the amount of orange (SEAT calls it copper) trim present on the auto, from the wing mirror caps and alloy wheels through to the air intake edges and SEAT badge on the front.

Seat is keeping tight-lipped about official performance stats, although we can expect a 0-62mph time of around five seconds, while top speed is likely to be a (limited) 155mph. It will be available with a manual gearbox and 306bhp, or a dual-clutch automatic and a power output of 296bhp. Meanwhile, redesigned air intakes and front wheel arches give a sportier look. The wing mirrors and wheel rims will be finished in copper. Because luxury and comfort.

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Limited to just 799 units, the R has a new exhaust, modified front camber and updated adaptive suspension system, as well as Brembo brakes for better stopping power.

For those who want something other than the matte grey exterior paintjob, you can also have a Midnight Black or Pyrenees Grey. There's also an entirely new instrument cluster.

We see the Leon Cupra R as more of a special edition model than anything, but that is no bad thing. Those who want a hot hatchback and love the colour scheme will find it hard to resist plus the chance of seeing another one on the road will be very slim indeed.

The new Seat Leon Cupra R will go on sale at the end of 2017 for an undisclosed price. Exactly how numerous 799 units are destined for the United Kingdom market is unclear.

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