Audi RS Q3’s Spanish twin boasts 287kW and a 4.2-second 0-100km/h time from the identical 2.5-litre 5, however sadly it is not certain for Australia.


The 2021 Cupra Formentor VZ5 has been revealed in a single day for left-hand-drive European markets.

Developed by Volkswagen-owned, Spanish efficiency model Cupra, 7000 examples of the limited-edition model of its Formentor efficiency SUV will likely be constructed for European markets – all using Audi-sourced turbocharged five-cylinder energy underneath the bonnet.

The Formentor VZ5’s 2.5-litre five-pot hails from Audi’s RS3 and RS Q3 compact efficiency vehicles, although a novel tune sees outputs rated at 287kW of energy and 480Nm of torque.

That is 7kW down over the Audi twins – a transfer prone to stop the cheaper Cupra cannibalising gross sales of the four-ring model’s RS merchandise – however a big 59kW and 80Nm up over the earlier strongest Formentor variant on provide, powered by a 228kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder shared with the Audi S3.

Drive is fed to all 4 wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission and all-wheel-drive. Cupra claims a 4.2-second dash from 0-100km/h – 0.three seconds faster than the RS Q3 – in the direction of an electronically-limited prime velocity of 250km/h.

Underneath the pores and skin, the VZ5 sits 10mm decrease than its 2.0-litre range-mate, with standard-fit adaptive dampers with 15 completely different settings coupled with a gamut of drive modes: Consolation, Sport, Particular person, Offroad and Cupra, the lattermost in a position to be activated immediately by way of a button on the steering wheel.

20-inch copper machined alloy wheels fill the flared wheel arches – designed to accommodate the flagship mannequin’s wider observe – and conceal massive Akebono efficiency brake discs clamped by six-piston calipers up entrance.

On the styling entrance, upgrades over the ‘normal’ four-cylinder Formentor embody a brand new sculpted bonnet, a revised entrance bumper, VZ5 badging and a bespoke carbon-fibre rear diffuser with stacked quad exhaust ideas harking back to high-performance Lexus F fashions.

Cupra’s signature shade, copper, adorns the wheels, exhaust ideas and badging, whereas exterior color choices comprise Midnight Black, Magnetic Tech Matte, Petrol Blue Matt and Taiga Gray, the lattermost a brand new hue designed for the VZ5 (and pictured all through this story).

Inside, all-new, body-hugging ‘CUPBucket’ sports activities seats – trimmed in Petrol Blue or black leather-based trim – are normal, together with brushed darkish aluminium trim, copper accents and an array of normal expertise options together with a a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a digital instrument cluster.

Much less aggressive perforated sports activities seats trimmed in brown nappa leather-based (with a copper backplate) are additionally obtainable, as are Dinamica Black inside graphics.

Customary lively security options embody adaptive cruise management, lane-following help, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Exit Help and Emergency Help.

The 2021 Cupra Formentor VZ5 will go on sale in Europe within the fourth quarter of 2021, with ‘simply’ 7000 models to be constructed, all in left-hand-drive.

As with all Cupra fashions – regardless of which facet their steering wheel sits on – the Formentor VZ5 will not come to Australia, with native lovers needing to look to the $89,990 Audi RS Q3 and $92,900 Audi RS Q3 Sportback (each earlier than on-road prices) for his or her five-cylinder efficiency SUV repair.