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CUPRA takes its impulse further with the new CUPRA Born VZ

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The CUPRA Born is the first all-electric model from the brand and the perfect match between electrification and performance.

CUPRA takes this impulse further with the CUPRA Born VZ – the latest addition to the vehicle line-up from CUPRA – a new and more powerful version to inspire the world from Barcelona.

An acronym for the Spanish word ‘veloz’,- which translated into English means ‘fast’ – the VZ name is a seamless way to describe the brand’s latest vehicle. The CUPRA Born VZ delivers 240kW of power and 545Nm of torque, applied to the road through its improved suspension setting geometry, sports-tuned steering, and improved braking feel. These aspects combine to give it the ultimate performance in the CUPRA Born line-up and making it one of the most dynamic cars in its segment.

Wayne Griffiths, CEO of CUPRA UK, said: “The CUPRA Born was a milestone for the brand when we launched the model in 2021 as our first 100% electric vehicle. And it’s delivered exceptionally, with 45,300 units sold last year, an increase of 44.4% compared to the year before. With the CUPRA Born VZ, we will bring even more performance to this model, proving once again that electrification and performance are a perfect match.”

The CUPRA Born VZ takes the advanced powertrain technology of the CUPRA Born and turns the dial up: the all-electric system now delivers 240kW of power – a 40% increase over the e-Boost version. Torque is also upped to a staggering 545Nm – 75% more than any other Born version. It means the CUPRA Born VZ can reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds – one second faster than the e-Boost version. Top speed is also increased and now limited to 200km/h (124mph) – 40km/h (25mph) more than the e-Boost version.

The CUPRA Born VZ also brings improvements to the chassis to make sure its dynamics match these impressive statistics.

New DCC Sport suspension, responsive steering behaviour, and improved brake pedal feeling, as well as a robust rear brake, come together to create a superior dynamic performance.

At the rear of the CUPRA Born VZ, new dampers and springs combine with the front’s updated damper valve settings and spring design, as well as updated anti-roll bars, to create the DCC Sport suspension that delivers better vehicle body control.

The CUPRA Born VZ’s steering package is upgraded with new hardware and software to make it sportier.

Dynamic improvements to the vehicle’s braking technology gives the VZ a stiffer, more robust brake feel, increasing its directness and reducing softness compared to standard variants of the CUPRA Born.

However, performance isn’t achieved by sacrificing efficiency, and the CUPRA Born VZ is able to travel up to 570km* (335 miles). The battery pack has been improved and now offers 79kWh of net capacity (+2kWh). And the technology remains practical; it can be recharged at home using an 11kW AC system or at a DC 170kW fast-charging point, meaning a fast charge from 10 to 80% would take within 30 minutes*.

The CUPRA Born VZ’s exterior design is enhanced with two new colour choices. Exclusively for the CUPRA Born VZ is special Dark Forest, which is also joined by a Midnight Black option.

Aesthetics meets performance with the introduction of two new 20-inch alloy wheels, with different technologies like 3D copper inserts or forged technology, to emphasise its sporty spirit. Wider, high-performance tyres help deliver the CUPRA Born VZ’s power and torque to the road through its rear wheels. The car also comes with wider wheels (8J20’’) instead of the current CUPRA Born version (7.5J19’’ and 7.5J20’’).

The finishing measure for the latest iteration of the brand’s 100% electric vehicle is the VZ logo in dark chrome housed on the vehicle’s boot, as well as the CUPRA lettering in dark chrome colour.

Inside, the CUPRA Born VZ continues its emotional design. Standard cup bucket seats are an exclusive choice only found in this version of the CUPRA Born, but shared with the CUPRA Formentor VZ5 and CUPRA Leon VZ Cup, with a lower seating feeling to deliver a more ergonomic, sporty driving position. In the case of the CUPRA Born VZ, the cup bucket seats are made from upcycled SEAQUAL® yarn textile, as well as DINAMICA with 73% recycled polyester.

In the rear of the vehicle, thanks to improvements to the chassis setup, the CUPRA Born VZ can offer both five seat comfort and the vivacity of a sunroof in the same package.

The CUPRA Born VZ also incorporates regenerative paddle shifts on the steering wheel, allowing to choose between three different levels of energy recuperation. When the accelerator is released the motor acts as a generator to feed energy back into the battery pushing energy back into the powertrain and reducing wear and tear on the brakes.

For greater control of the regenerative characteristics, drivers can use the paddle shifters to cycle through the three different levels while in ‘D’ mode, helping to match their driving style. Simply use the paddles to select how much deceleration you need.

The CUPRA Born VZ moves digitalisation forward. It benefits from a new and larger floating 12.9-inch infotainment system (+0.9-inch vs the current CUPRA Born), mixing the benefits of touchscreen inputs with a new retro illuminated touch bar to adjust interior climate and volume.

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