Cupra unveils the Formentor VZ5 with 390 PS Audi inline-five
The most athletic Formentor in limited production
The first completely new model from the young Cupra brand, the Formentor is a sporty SUV offering a diesel engine, two petrol ones and a plug-in hybrid with outputs ranging from 150 to 310 PS. Not bad, but you need to hit harder to make an impression and build a reputation over the long term.
The Spanish manufacturer has understood this and is now unveiling an ultra-sporty version of its Formentor with a very special engine. Here is the Cupra Formentor VZ5 hiding under its bonnet an astonishing 2.5-litre inline-five TSI developing 390 PS and 480 Nm of torque. This powertrain is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Drive all-wheel drive.
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With such a cavalry, the SUV does 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and achieves a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). This heart transplant also necessitated a redesign of the chassis. The latter is now 10 millimetres lower than the other Formentors and comes standard with adaptive damping that can be adjusted according to 15 laws.
Aesthetically, the Formentor VZ5 features a more rounded bonnet and special 20-inch wheels concealing copper-coloured Akebono brake callipers. At the rear, the vehicle features a carbon fibre diffuser with four vertically positioned exhaust pipes.
Inside, the cabin features new CUPBucket seats that can be upholstered in a choice of blue or black leather. Copper-coloured stitching is also visible on the dashboard and on the seats. The Cupra Formentor VZ5 will be marketed at the end of the year in limited production of 7,000 units.