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Production of the Cupra Formentor started at the end of September. Why would Seat’s reborn performance brand bring a prototype to the Nürburgring and, more importantly, why did it have a different, stacked quad exhaust layout?
If we live up to the rumors, it would appear that Seat’s performance brand is working on a limited production version of the sporty SUV powered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder Audi Sport engine.
Our spy photographers claim that this particular Formentor test car, with its diagonally stacked tailpipes, sounded like it grabbed the powerplant of the RS3 / RS Q3. Apparently, Cupra has been playing around with the Turbo-Five for several months when our spies said they first heard the same sound from a Formentor prototype last winter.
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The five-cylinder Cupra Formentor is slated to receive the VZ moniker as part of the brand’s more powerful category, which includes models with over 245 hp (242 hp / 180 kW). He would become the most productive and expensive member of the family. We should note here that this model should not be confused with the Cupra Formentor Launch Edition, which, confusingly, was introduced in the UK as the “VZ Edition” and contains the 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged.
The turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder develops 400 PS (394 PS / 294 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque in the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback, which are directed to the all-wheel-drive system via a seven-speed automatic transmission . Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.5 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250 km / h or 280 km / h (174 mph) with a factory option.
The same engine will also be used on the upcoming RS3, although it will possibly produce healthier 420 PS (414 PS / 309 kW) in the standard version and up to 450 PS (444 PS / 331 kW) in the rumored performance variant.
In addition to the 2.0-liter unit, the Formentor has two plug-in hybrid drives with 204 or 245 PS (201/242 PS / 150/180 kW) and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel with 150 PS ( 148 PS / 110 kW) and a 1.5-liter TSI petrol with two outputs: 150 and 190 PS (148/187 PS / 110/140 kW).
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