Every Ibiza captures the imagination with a design that is as emotional as it is dynamic, and cited by customers as one of the most important reasons for buying the Spanish brand’s most successful variant. SEAT Design has created a surprising reinterpretation of this design language for the Ibiza Cupster: While the body shell is largely the same as that of the series-production variant up to the shoulder line, everything above it is radically open.
The two-seater fun car has no roof whatsoever; and even the classic front windscreen has given way to a low, wrap-around strip of glass. Nevertheless, the driver and co-driver are well protected – thanks to the seating position, which is 80mm lower than in the series-production car. As the Cupster, the Ibiza has completely new proportions; wide, low and even more powerful. The steering wheel is clad with an especially sophisticated type of leather, pure aniline leather is colored all the way through, without a layer of pigment, making it open-pored, very supple and wonderful to the touch.
The one-off created and built by SEAT Design is resplendent in “New Orange” paintwork formulated specifically for it. The dark grey cover behind the classic double-bubble style seats looks almost like an island in this sea of bright orange. The interior is purist and based on the Ibiza race cars from the Ibiza Trophy run in several European countries. Minimalist instruments and black Alcantara upholstery for the cockpit, low-slung racing bucket seats make for a real racing feel.
No shortage of performance here as the Cupster is based on the Ibiza Cupra. And that means a powerful 180PS from the 1.4 TSI engine (similar to Volkswagen variants), super-fast gear changes thanks to the DSG transmission and precision sports running gear with 18-inch wheels.