“Cupra Ibiza is off the track”

When Cupra was introduced as an independent manufacturer in May 2018, a Cupra Ibiza was parked in the corner of the hall. Until now, however, it has remained silent about the arrival of such a model. For the enthusiasts there is now bad news: it will also remain silent.

Cupra’s chapter starts in 1996 with the Seat Ibiza 2.0 I 16V GTi Cupra. From all generations of Seat Ibiza, an extra peppery Cupra version will follow. The current Seat Ibiza, which has been running since 2017, remains silent in the field of Cupra news. At the press release of Cupra as a separate brand the Spaniards, however, come with promising news. In addition to the production-ready Cupra Ateca is a design concept for a Cupra Ibiza. The five-door hatchback is there in the meanwhile well-known gray coat color with here and there copper-colored details.

During the presentation of the new Cupra Leon, the British Top Gear speaks with Cupra’s CEO Axel Andorff. In that conversation he makes an absolute end to all expectations, because the Cupra Ibiza is not coming! “You know, one of our tasks during the development of a brand is to think about a potential portfolio,” he explains. “Then it helps enormously to make concept cars to feel what the car wants to look like. But for now there are no plans to put the Cupra Ibiza into production. ” To be sure that Andorff is talking about a temporary or definitive delay, the British are asking for some extra clarification. His answer is crystal clear: “I don’t spend a second of my day on this car.”

Enthusiasts of a sporty Ibiza have to do so with the 115 hp 1.0 TSI FR. The last Seat Ibiza Cupra was good for 192 hp.

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