The ABT Cupra Formentor proves that SUVs needn't be boring
370 hp, 331 torques. And it looks tremendous
Seat Sport was created in 1985 as a high-performance motorsport division of Seat. In 2003, they introduced the Toledo Cupra ETCC, the first race car to sport the new CUPRA (CUP + RAcing) namesake, which would then be used for high-performance variants of road cars. The CUPRA nomenclature has historically been used for specific sports versions of Seat model until 2018, when VW Group* decided to turn CUPRA into a standalone brand.
Named after the peninsula in Majorca of the same name, the Formentor is built using VW's 'MQB Evo', the same platform that Audi and VW use for the A3 and the Mk8 Golf, and it is available with a 242-hp plug-in hybrid system or a 306-hp petrol engine. If that's not enough to float your boat, you can always get the ABT-enhanced Cupra.
German tuner ABT Sportline and CUPRA have teamed up for the upcoming electric series Extreme E and the ABT Formentor is the first (of many, hopefully) car designed to celebrate this partnership. Under the bonnet, you'll find the same 2.0-litre engine that powers the factory-spec Formentor but ABT gave it some extra grunt with the addition of a new high-tech control unit called the AEC (ABT Engine Control). The ABT Formentor produces 370 hp and 330 torques. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph and 0-60 is dealt with in 4.6 seconds.
More to the point, the Formentor isn't just another dull, unimaginative SUV. It has something to say and it looks great, in my opinion, hunkered down and aggressive and with crazy Cupra Copper and silver accents and a quad-pipe exhaust system.
The 306-hp Formentor is priced from £39,830, which is not cheap, but for around £27k you can get the base model. A 242-hp vehicle with copper accents. I'm telling you, copper is underrated as a car colour.