With the arrival of the 2010 version of the Seat León Cupra, the range's most comprehensive and spectacular vehicle now features even more cool looks due to several components presented on the dashboard and the look, making it the ideal extension of the Seat León that is making phenomenal strides at the WTCC World Touring Vehicle Championship.
The most obvious is the new silhouette, featuring sophisticated, high-tech black honeycomb cooling vents at the front beneath the central grille. The front bumper houses two further black highlights, one at every side, with the word Cupra immediately visible on the left.
The back features a prominent black moulding at the bottom of the bumper, a polished metal oval tailpipe and the characteristic model name in the centre of the hatch.
A side exterior at the Seat León Cupra reveals a lower ground clearance compared to the general León version, making the vehicle exterior and feel more like a racing unit. The spectacular 18 inch rims, eye-catching wheel arches and black encased door mirrors are all distinctive traits of the Seat model.
Like the more than 680000, units of previous Volkswagen Golf cabriolets built, the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet also has a classic soft top - that is, a material top. Why material and not metal as on the Eos? A glance at the new model is telling: at a length of 4246, mm, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has a significantly more compact construction than the 4423, mm long Eos. The two cars take fully independent embraces to look-and-feel, positioning and cabriolet layout.
Although Volkswagen is using a material top on the Volkswagen Golf, the four-seater is one of the quietest of cabriolets. Its soothing quiet ride is attributable to the sophisticated layout of the material roof as well as new window and door seals. Wind noises in the high frequency range above 5000, Hz are perceived as especially annoying, since they make it difficult hold a conversation while driving (articulation index). Volkswagen examined this articulation index in-depth and evaluated experiences in other cars. The results: the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet actually sets new standards for acoustics in cabriolets.
The soft top itself consists of a linkage, a roofliner, insulating filler layer throughout and look cover. Perfection in everyday practicality: the development team developed the joints of the longitudinal seams of the look cover fabrics (centre panel and two side panels) so that they serve as an add-on drip rail. Perfection in aerodynamics: mounted between the longitudinal frames of the top linkage are a total of 4 roof cross bows and the so-called front roof bow (the first big transverse element behind the windscreen frame). In turn, the soft top is joined to the roof bows by screw-fastened material retention strips. Consequently, even at higher speeds, the material roof does not fill with air. And that has a positive effect on aerodynamics.
When the roof is stowed, the upper surface of the front roof bow covers the top surface of the cargo box. This eliminates the need for a separate cover. The results: the traditional fully-automatic electro-hydraulic top opens (9. 0seconds) and and closes (11. 0seconds) faster. additionally, it does not need to descend as deeply into the larger bootspace (250 litres with roof up or down).