23 May 2014

Seat to show Ibiza Cupster Concept

Spanish carmaker Seat is showing a radically open-top fun-mobile at the Volkswagen Group's annual Worthersee Treffen in Austria, writes Trish Whelan.

The Seat Ibiza Cupster concept two-seater celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Ibiza. Totally open. Low, wrap-around windscreen and the complete absence of a top, make it potentially an awesome experience to drive. While the bodyshell is largely the same as that of the series-production model up to the shoulder line, everything above it is radically open.

The Cupster has been given new proportions - it's wide, low and even more powerful. Power is from a 1.4 180hp TSI petrol engine and the DSG dual-clutch transmission allows for super-fast gear changes. The car is fitted with 18-inch wheels.

The Ibiza has always been the heart of the Spanish brand and is its most successful model. This one-off created and built by Seat Design is shown in 'New Orange' paintwork formulated specifically for it. The interior is purist. Minimalist instruments and black Alcantara upholstery for the cockpit, and low-slung racing bucket seats make for a real racing feel.