Cupra has done the impossible
New Zealand is getting Cupra's entire range, starting from next year.
Because of the obvious heritage reasons, Audi has always remained rather tight-fisted with its 2.5-litre inline five-cylinder engine and hasn’t let any of its Volkswagen Group stablemates use it.
Before now, that is, because it seems that Audi has decided to relent and allow Cupra to use the five-cylinder in its new go-fast crossover.
Cupra, formerly Seat's performance arm, has marked three years of independence with a high-performance version of the Formentor, called VZ5. ‘VZ’ comes from ‘veloz’, a play on the Spanish word for ‘fast’ and ‘5’ obviously references the cylinder count.
And it should be just that, with the turbocharged inline-five tuned to produce 287kW/480Nm. That’s not quite the power output of the RS Q3, which makes 295kW, but it makes sense that Audi wouldn’t want its engine producing more power in another brand’s vehicle. It looks like it’ll still sound brilliant though, with four Lexus-style exhaust tips in two stacked pairs.
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