AS PART of its third birthday celebrations, Spanish automobile maker Cupra has introduced that it’s going to promote a scorching VZ5 model of the Formentor crossover within the UK, though it is going to solely be obtainable with left-hand drive.

The Formentor is the primary mannequin unique to Cupra, which was previously the efficiency arm of Seat — different vehicles presently obtainable in its line-up are hotter variations of Seat’s Ateca, Leon and Leon property.

Cupra’s head of analysis and improvement Dr Werner Tietz advised Automobile journal: “[The VX5] will certainly be bought within the UK. It’s a Spanish automobile and that’s the reason it’s left-hand drive. Typically after we purchase a British sports activities automobile in Europe, we are able to solely purchase them in right-hand drive. Why not the opposite approach round?”

Nevertheless, the UK is Cupra’s second-biggest market, behind Germany — that means that extra Cupra vehicles are bought within the UK than the automobile maker’s native Spain. Cupra’s insistence on not making the automobile obtainable in right-hand drive guise could have one thing to do with its very restricted run — solely 7,000 can be made.

Cupra VZ5’s five-cylinder Audi engine

Cupra Formentor VZ5 hot crossover will be sold in UK

The VZ5 units itself other than the remainder of the Formentor line-up by means of its use of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine, which is already used within the Audi RS3 scorching hatch and the Audi TT (Cupra, like Audi, is a part of the VW Group).

Producing 385bhp and 354 lb ft of torque, the five-pot can take the VZ5 from a standstill to 60mph in simply 4.2 seconds — that’s faster than a Porsche Macan Turbo.

Appropriately, the “VZ” within the identify stands for veloz — “quick” in Spanish. The VZ5 would be the quickest automobile the standalone Cupra model has made in its admittedly brief historical past.

The present Formentor range-topper is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol unit placing out 306bhp. Entry stage is a 148bhp petrol mannequin, whereas an E-Hybrid variant is offered with the choice of 201bhp or 242bhp.

Cupra Formentor VZ5’s sporty makeover

Cupra Formentor VZ5 hot crossover will be sold in UK

In addition to receiving Audi’s sporty engine, the VZ5 has undergone a full rework that sees it distinguished from the remainder of the mannequin vary in each fashion and substance.

The entrance of the automobile receives a bespoke bonnet and functioning entrance splitter, whereas flared wheel arches trace on the automobile’s widened monitor (the gap between wheels on the identical axle).

The rear positive factors quad exhaust pipes completed in Cupra’s attribute copper, in addition to a carbon-fibre rear diffuser — though the latter is simply there for present.

Contained in the automobile the copper trim turns into much more ample, whereas new bucket seats are mounted decrease than the seats in different Formentors for a sportier driving place.

4-wheel drive comes as customary, and adaptive chassis management comes with 15 ranges of damping adjustment that may be arrange based on the climate situations or driving mode.

The Cupra Formentor VZ5 can be made obtainable for buy within the latter phases of this 12 months.

Cupra reaffirms dedication to launching electrical hatchback

Cupra CEO Wayne Griffths with the Born electric hatchback

On the identical time that it introduced the launch of the Formentor VZ5, Cupra reaffirmed its dedication to launch the Born hatchback by the tip of 2021.

Beforehand known as the El-Born, Cupra presumably realised it might run into the identical points with its identify as Ferrari did with its LaFerrari mannequin (which interprets because the “Ferrari TheFerrari”).

The automobile can be primarily based on the identical underpinnings because the Volkswagen ID.3 electrical hatchback and Cupra has stated that its launch will enable it to enter a lot of extra environmentally-focused European markets, together with Norway and the Netherlands.

Cupra presently represents simply 5% of Seat’s general gross sales however expects to double this determine throughout 2021, because of new fashions and year-on-year development.

CEO Wayne Griffths stated: “Cupra has shocked everybody in these three years and has even continued to develop through the pandemic. These nice outcomes make us optimistic to push tougher in 2021; this 12 months we’re trying to double the gross sales quantity of 2020 and attain a mixture of 10% of the corporate’s complete quantity.”

Cupra bought 27,400 models in 2020, an 11% enhance on the earlier 12 months.