Innovative design for a classic showpiece
Seat celebrated the 30th anniversary of its iconic Ibiza model with the special presentation of a new design study at the 2014 Wörthersee Treffen car festival in Austria. Created and built by Seat design, the Ibiza Cupster is a one-off open-top show car based on the series production Ibiza Cupra, with its 180 PS TSI engine and DSG dual-clutch transmission.
In Cupster form, the concept model is lower and wider than its racy predecessor. The two-seater car has no roof, the front windscreen has been replaced with a wrap-around strip window, and the seating position is 80 millimetres lower than the series-production car.
“The Ibiza has always been the heart of Seat,” says Jürgen Stackmann, president of Seat S.A., “a young, dynamic car with an emotional design, a good head for the practical things in life and excellent value for money.”
Capturing classic Ibiza imagination “with a design that is as emotional as it is dynamic”, the Cupster’s steering wheel is swathed in pure aniline leather and the paint work is a custom “New Orange” hue, with a dark grey cover behind the classic “double-bubble” style seats. The interior has a traditional racing feel, with the lead being taken from the Ibiza Trophy race car for a design that features minimalist instrument dials, black Alcantara upholstery and low-slung bucket seats.
As for performance, the Cupra-based Cupster is equipped with a powerful 180 PS from the 1.4 TSI engine, super-fast gear changes thanks to the DSG transmission, and precision sports running gear with 18-inch wheels.