Cupra has previewed the new Formentor VZ5 with a single shadowy teaser image. The new 5-cylinder performance SUV will be formally unveiled on the 22 February, claiming flagship standing from the recent 306bhp turbocharged 2.-litre variant.
Other than confirming the engine will be a 5-cylinder petrol unit, Cupra hasn’t launched any specifics about the new Formentor VZ5’s powertrain. Having said that, as the firm is limited to the Volkswagen Team parts bin, and the Formentor shares the same MQB underpinnings as the Audi Q3, the options are narrowed down appreciably.
The only engine which matches the bill is the turbocharged 2.5-litre unit from the Audi RS Q3. It should drop straight into the Formentor’s engine bay and give a major plenty of leap in performance to develop some length involving the recent 2.-litre selection-topper.
In the Audi RS Q3, the 5-pot has an output of 395bhp and 480Nm of torque – plenty of for a 0–62mph time of all around 5 seconds and an electronically limited best speed of 155mph. The unit will also be used in the future RS3 incredibly hot hatchback, the place it will produce 415bhp and 500Nm of torque.
No matter whether the flagship Formentor’s engine will have the same output as the Audi RS Q3 is still to be witnessed. The Volkswagen Team has a pattern of detuning its “lesser” makes to enable give its far more quality automobiles an edge.
Audi occupies the best place in the Group’s pecking buy, so it is achievable that the 5-cylinder Formentor to have a minimal much less electrical power than the RS Q3. Eager-eyed audience will also notice that the Volkswagen Tiguan R’s engine produces 316bhp, when the Formentor’s only has 306bhp, irrespective of the truth that both of those SUV’s use the same 2.-litre engine.
The Formentor VZ5’s styling will be familiar, though Cupra will make some insignificant beauty improvements to mark the SUV out as the flagship design. The firm’s teaser image exhibits there’ll be a new rear diffuser and staggered quad-exit exhaust strategies – and we’re expecting a new front bumper and clean alloy wheels to match.
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