In Spanish, Lake Geneva is called “el lago Lemán”, which almost has a ring of great motorsports. Circuit races are not permitted in Switzerland, though. The only exception is Formula E, which took place for the first time in 2018 with a special permit – including fan favorite Daniel Abt. However, speed freaks with a soft spot for Spain can also visit the Motor Show in Geneva. At stand 1244 in hall 1, ABT Sportsline will be presenting the result of its strategic partnership with the new independent brand from the SEAT cooperation: the CUPRA Ateca ABT. The world’s largest tuner for vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi Group was involved in the development of the sports SUV from the outset.
Even as a production model, the compact SUV has 300 HP (221 kW) and a torque of up to 400 Nm. The ABT Power boost has a lot more to offer. The auxiliary ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit provides an impressive horsepower extra of almost 17%, resulting in now 350 HP (257 kW). A whopping 440 Nm are active between 2000 and 5200 rpm. The acceleration only tops out at 255 km/h – 10 km/h later than the production model. The standard sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is reduced by two tenths, putting an even 5.0 seconds on the data sheet.
With its enormous power and revised suspension, which is further improved with ABT lowering springs, the CUPRA Ateca ABT offers a particularly dynamic drive. The 20-inch wheels of type ABT SPORT GR give the car a very elegant touch. They feature ten spokes which bisect towards the rim flange, a recessed hub area and a strongly concave rim design. Overall, this results in a vehicle that perfectly represents the new CUPRA brand.