Cupra has hinted that it will before long start a new, array-topping edition of the Formentor, which will sit about the current 306bhp turbocharged 2.-litre flagship variant.
A spokesman for the brand has confirmed the project’s existence to Automobile Specific, but skirted around any powertrain particulars, stating: “We are taking into consideration a much more potent edition of Formentor, the top expression of large effectiveness from the Cupra brand.”
Nonetheless, our spy photographers reported that the mule in these illustrations or photos had a distinct five-cylinder exhaust note – which means Cupra may possibly before long fall the turbocharged 2.5-litre engine from the Audi RS Q3 into the nose of the Formentor, creating a new rival for its VW Team stablemate and the Mercedes-AMG GLB forty five in the approach.
The Cupra Formentor is primarily based on the exact same MQB underpinnings as the Audi RS Q3 and the approaching Volkswagen Tiguan R – but the Spanish brand has previously used the functionality of the latter car’s 2.-litre four-cylinder engine in the current array-topping Formentor and the Cupra Ateca.
Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine is the only other device in the Volkswagen Group’s arsenal which is appropriate with the Formentor’s platform and potent plenty of to deliver a major plenty of soar in effectiveness around the current flagship design.
In the Audi RS Q3, the five-pot has an output of 395bhp and 480Nm of torque – plenty of for a 0–62mph time of around five seconds and an electronically minimal major pace of 155mph. The device will also be used in the approaching RS3 warm hatchback, in which it will create 415bhp and 500Nm of torque.
Eager-eyed readers will also note that the Tiguan R’s engine generates 316bhp, when the Formentor’s only has 306bhp – suggesting there’s however some effectiveness remaining to unlock in the device. Nonetheless, this detuning is a deliberate transfer by Volkswagen, as the previous automobile sits earlier mentioned the latter in the Group’s pecking buy.
Cosmetically, tiny appears to have altered in between this Formentor mule and the current manufacturing design. Aside from the sacrificial test automobile alloy wheels, the only other transform is a tweaked exhaust system, which attributes a established of staggered quad-exit ideas somewhat than the conventional car’s horizontal models.
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