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Beijing auto show: Seat Ibiza Cupra Concept unveiled

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How to make an already exciting hatchback more desirable? Ask Seat, who've unveiled the Ibizia Cupra Concept at Beijing. According to Seat, the Ibiza Cupra Concept (Cupra, hereafter) is a sports car for everyday use. Think 'sports car' is a bit ambitious? Wait till you hear the numbers.

At the heart of the matter is a 1.4 litre TSI motor (here's where VW India should start taking a hint) that is both, turbocharged and supercharged (!) and as a result, produces 177 bhp and 25.4 kgm of torque, which, as you would know, is a lot for a three-door hatchback. All that power is made accessible to you via a paddle-shift equipped seven-speed DSG transmission unit and if that didn't give you a big enough lump in your throat, how about we tell you it's also got an electronic differential lock? And you thought you had a hot hatch, eh?

Apart from the go, the Cupra's got the show too. Its typically Seat exteriors – by that we mean smart, if slightly unusual – are a good blend of sporty and functional. The edgy, angular headlamps are bi-xenon numbers with LED daytime running lamps. The 17-inch wheels look athletic but not outrageous and that matte black diffuser at the rear really does highlight the Cupra's absolutely sporty mindset. Like it? The production version of the Cupra should be out by the end of 2012, so you'll do better (not applicable if you're in the Indian market) to keep that cheque book on hold until then. By the way, VW, when did you say we're getting that similarly specced Polo?