Cupra Formentor VZ5: five-pot range-topper brings 385bhp – Autocar

The long-rumoured five-cylinder version of Cupra’s brand-new Formentor SUV is now official, with a 2.5-litre turbo motor obtained from the Audi RS Q3 producing 385bhp and 354lb ft.

Revealed as part of the ex-Seat efficiency department’s third anniversary as a standalone brand, the Formentor VZ5 is “strictly” limited to a production run of 7000 left-hand-drive units, starting in the final quarter of this year.

With the five-cylinder engine sending its reserves to both axles through a seven-speed DSG transmission, the VZ5 is capable of 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and will top out at 155mph. The minimal variant also assures improved dynamics, geared up as standard with Adaptive Chassis Control, riding 10mm lower than the 306bhp automobile which tops the UK line-up and gaining six-piston Akebono efficiency brake calipers.

It’s defined from less powerful designs by method of a bespoke bonnet, carbonfibre trim, flared arches and special 20in copper alloy wheels, and also gets its own Taiga Grey outside paint alternative. The quad-exit exhaust – with two pipelines stacked vertically at each side – is distinct to the VZ5, and is stated to offer a genuine and distinct sound with no electronic improvement.

New leather container seats make their first appearance on the VZ5, and the cabin is more differentiated from the basic car with an exclusive sports steering wheel and trim completed in Cupra’s trademark copper colour.

Dr Werner Tietz, Cupra and Seat R&D manager, said: “The Formentor supplies a blank canvas to develop a variety of vehicles that increase driving enjoyable and efficiency and enhance the mindset of the brand name.

“Among them, the VZ5 is the most powerful and advanced variant ever created to date and I am persuaded that with its special efficiency components, it will become a dream for automobile enthusiasts.”

Costs have actually not yet been confirmed, but any examples offered in the UK will be left-hand-drive and most likely specifically bought through Seat dealerships.

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