SEAT have decided that they new Ibiza FR will be unveiled at the Barcelona Auto Show, where it will then fall underneath the Ibiza CUPRA model. The Ibiza FR from SEAT will feature a 1.4-litrs TSI engine and it will have 150-hp, instead of the usual 180-hp found in the CUPRA.
The engine will be connected to a six-speed manual ‘box, or a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission with steering wheel shift paddles and new sportier software. There are no performance figures announced, but expect a 0-100km/h time of about 8 seconds.
New Ibiza FR – high-tech pocket rocket with razor sharp looks
The FR version of the new generation Ibiza introduces several technical highlights compared with the previous model, which combine to provide a more intense driving experience. First and foremost, the compact hot hatch is equipped with a state-of-the-art 150 PS twincharger 1.4 TSI engine. This means that this relatively small capacity powerplant is able to deliver big-engine performance through the fitment of both a supercharger and a turbocharger – a first in the supermini class.
Thanks to its latest generation technology, this engine provides greater flexibility, punchy performance and lower fuel consumption figures and emissions levels, while fully complying with EU5 emissions legislation.
The high-tech theme doesn't stop there. The Ibiza FR's powerful engine is mated to a latest generation seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles fitted as standard. As on the Cupra version, the gearbox has been developed with more driver-focussed software than on the 1.6 version of the Ibiza .
Furthermore, the addition of the XDS system provides greater driver confidence and safety. As with the Leon Cupra, this electronic system works together with ESP, improving the car's performance when traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip.
The Ibiza FR benefits from its own styling enhancements quite separate to either the Ibiza Cupra or other models in the Ibiza range. Highlights include new bumpers that lend a purposeful appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround for the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. Other tell-tale exterior elements are silver-coloured door mirror cases, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and twin tailpipes.
The interior also conveys the car's racing nature with a specific instrument display carrying the ‘FR' (which stands for Formula Racing) logo, a new steering wheel with built-in DSG shift paddles and the seat design, whose upholstery also heavily contributes to its sporty looks.
As far as standard equipment goes, SEAT's new car is further equipped with ESP, TCS + EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tyre-pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, sports suspension and cornering foglights, among other features.