Cupra Formentor spotted testing using the Audi RS3's five-cylinder engine
SEAT's performance division looks poised to release a properly hotted-up Formentor if these spy shots from the Nürburgring are anything to go by.
Cupra – SEAT's recently-established high-performance marque – looks poised to release a properly hotted-up version of its Formentor SUV powered by Audi's five-cylinder turbocharged engine to really give it some bite.
Recently spotted testing on the Nürburgring by our spy photographer, the rumour is that the same 2.5-litre engine that powers the RS3 and RS Q3 has been fitted under this test mule's bonnet, with the 400bhp this engine makes marking a big increase over what the Formentor currently boasts.
Although the only visual indication that this more powerful engine is powering this test mule is the diagonally-stacked quad-exhaust setup at the rear of the car, it's likely that a five-pot production-spec Formentor would also feature some visual changes to the front end at the very least.
And enter production, it's expected it will, as although the Spanish sub-brand itself is yet to confirm anything, it's believed that this five-cylinder Formentor will assume its place at the top of the lineup sometime during 2021.
Currently, the Formentor – the first dedicated Cupra model – is only available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, although it does make a healthy 310bhp and help it scoot from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.9 seconds thanks to its seven-speed DSG transmission.
Now knowing that this five-pot Formentor could well come to production though, let us know...