Having owned a SEAT Leon Cupra from December 2001, I had no notion of changing it until I test drove the Leon Cupra R.
The immediate noticeable difference was the R's handling, the old cliche "as if on rails" springs to mind! I was hooked!
The extra 30bhp is more noticeable in the middle gears where the acceleration is awesome although the huge torque from low-revs makes downshifts unnecessary during normal overtaking.
The huge front discs and Brembo 4-pots stop this monster with ease, aided by the huge 225/40/18" tyres, although these do make the steering slightly heavy during fast tight corners.
The car's looks are animal. Deep front and back spoilers and side-skirts together with the beautiful 18" OZ twin 5 spokes give the R awesome road presence and the R turns heads everywhere I drive!
The interior is very neat being all black with red stitching on the seats and trim. The standard sports seats are very comfortable, but leg support tilt is sadly missing.
One of the most satisfying features of the car is it's rarity value due to only 250 R's coming to the UK in 2002 and only 500 planned for 2003. I have only seen one other on the road in the past 5 months!
All in all, at only £17,000, the Leon Cupra R must be the best value hot hatch on sale today.
Drive one and I'm sure, like me, you'll be hooked!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2002