It’s never easy to stand out in the market especially when coming out of a union such as that of SEAT’s CUPRA. As if acknowledging this fact, Cupra has gone ahead to model and repackage a distinguishing car called the Cupra Ateca, making a bold statement with its first model.
Quite tellingly, this is more of a modification that borrows heavily from the SEAT and you would be forgiven for pointing out several close similarities. It has a turbocharged unit producing 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
It is also fitted with a seven-speed DSG gearbox that is responsible for its sprinting to 62-mph 5.4 seconds, with the top speed of 152 mph. You will ride the Ateca in its unique 19-inch alloy wheels whose skin is Pirelli P Zero tires.
This is a vehicle that has been modeled with competition in mind and it is thus encouraging to see the Ateca strive to enhance drive-ability through redefined specifications. This is a relatively huge SUV tilting the scale at 1,615 kg.
Actually, it could be the heaviest of Ateca variants. Even with this enormous size, the Cupra Ateca still maintains well-balanced handling with especially being an all-wheel -drive. This weight doesn’t hinder it from reaching a 100 km/h in 5.2 secs.
It’s also noteworthy that the Atea can hit a top speed of 247 km/h and even gain 400 Nm of torque. It shelves a 1,984 cc direct-injection, turbocharged unit.
Add to this a huge 400Nm of torque available at a wide range of 2,000-5,200 rpm and the Cupra Ateca can reach a maximum speed of 247 km/h. SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development Dr. Matthias Rabe sums it up this way, “It offers the performance of premium segment vehicles and has no competitors in its price segment.”
This refined machine is likely to endear itself to the market greatly, especially at a time when SUVs are shaping the equilibrium.
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