The Capra Bourne is SEAT’s first electric car of the Sporty Spin-Off brand and is now selling in the UK, starting at £ 33,735. The range is slowly filling up, with the most recent addition being the powerful e-boost variety.
First, the range starts with the 58kWh V1 variant, which sends power to a 201bhp electric motor. Buyers can refer to the 58kWh battery with three trim levels, with the V2 and V3 starting at £ 34,190 and £ 37,375, respectively. The 58kWh battery gives the Born a range of 263 miles, with a time of 0-62mph only 7.3 seconds.
Later in 2022, Cupra will release a base model with a 45kWh battery and a 148bhp electric motor, which is exclusively available in V1 camouflage. It will be the cheapest variant, but the price of this version has not been revealed yet. Capra says the model can achieve a time of 0-62mph, 8.9 seconds and a maximum range of 211 miles.
The Cupra Born is built on the same MEB basis as the Volkswagen ID.3, which means it shares the same battery pack and electric motor. All born generate rear-wheel drive and 310Nm of torque, as expected with a timely all-wheel-drive option.
Now, Cupra is also offering a 201bhp powertrain with an e-boost function, which can temporarily increase the motor output to 228bhp. The system will be available with a 58kWh or a larger 77kWh battery, the latter option will extend the maximum range of the car up to 335 miles.
The overboost function shortens the hatchback’s 0-62mph time to 6.6 seconds with a smaller battery and 7.0 seconds with a larger battery. Prices for the former start at £ 37,445, while buyers of the latter must pay at least £ 40,215.
In addition to announcing the e-Boost price, Cupra also details a new PCP deal for the birth, with monthly payments starting at £ 399. The representative example provided involves a Born V2 with a 58kWh battery pack and a 201bhp motor, secured with a 7,338.27 deposit. After 48 monthly payments of £ 399, there is an optional payment of £ 16,613.10. APR 7.0 percent.
Like the Volkswagen ID.3, the larger battery supports 125kW DC fast charging, which adds up to 62 miles in just seven minutes. Keep the same system connected for 35 minutes and it will recharge the battery to 80 percent.
Cooper added that as a sportier alternative to Skoda and VW, Capr’s focus is on the front and is designed to handle Bourne better. The low battery placement in the middle of the car’s chassis means that the EV has an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution and much less center of gravity than its equivalent combustion-engine hatchback.
Its chassis will be available with optional adaptive dampers, with four dedicated settings: Range, Comfort, Individual and Capra. It also features speed-sensitive power steering, such as a specially calibrated traction control system that the brand says is designed to keep the burn running in all conditions.
Dimensions and exterior design
The new Cupra Born Volkswagen ID.3 is a little more racy. At 4,322 mm long and 1,537 mm high, it is about 100 mm long and 30 mm shorter than its siblings, although its width remains unchanged at 1,809 mm.
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Its styling is almost identical to the SEAT El-Bourne concept of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. While adding its trademark copper-colored trim to the front splitter and alloy wheels, the Kupra retains its small bonnet, large quarter light window, and tailgate spoiler. The Born is available in six color options.
The Cupra also captures the unusually textured C-pillar panel of the El-Bourne concept, which is said to “give the impression of a floating roof.” Slim grille and large bumper adoption are new additions, though, the company says, designed to ventilate the EV’s radiator to help keep the battery cool.
LED headlights are fitted as standard, and feature an animated signature that is activated when the driver approaches the vehicle. Capra-branded poodle lighting will also be available, and buyers will be offered a choice of six paint finishes and three alloy wheel designs, including a 19-inch and two 20-inch options.
Interior and technology
Inside, there’s a multi-function sports steering wheel with a pair of bucket seats, more copper-colored highlights, a digital instrument cluster and a drive-mode selector button. Unlike ID.3, which comes with a 10-inch touchscreen as standard, each version of the Born has a larger 12-inch infotainment system.
Also standard equipment for V1 vehicles include electric, heated door mirrors, automatic wipers, LED headlights and taillights and adaptive cruise control. Also included is a rearview camera, heated steering wheel, keyless-go and drive mode selection.
Safety features such as emergency steering support, fatigue recognition, park distance control, high-beam support and road sign recognition are also standard fit for the Cupra V1. In addition, the V2 car comes with tinted rear glass, heated front seats and an augmented reality head-up display, along with heated windscreen washer jets. The top-spec V3 is fitted as a standard 20-inch alloy, with heated and massaging seats.
Cupra offers a choice of two eco-conscious leather-free upholstery finishes, Sequel Yarn and Dynamica. The first is made of upcycled marine plastic, collected from beaches, rivers and seabed. The plastic is then cleaned, refined and yarn is made which has polyester-like properties.
Dynamica is another recycled material, made from polyester fiber recovered from old clothing and single-use plastics. It is available exclusively with the Born V3, and is available in either a dark blue or gray finish. The rest of the range adopts marine yarn upholstery as the standard
On top of the standard equipment, born customers can choose from a number of optional extras, such as a Beats stereo system, a panoramic sunroof and a Capra cargo pack, a double boot floor and a Mode 2 charging cable. The tech pack includes a parking assistance system, as well as enhanced keyless access with illuminated door handles and wireless phone charging.
A range of additional security measures can be specified through the pilot pack. It includes rear cross-traffic alerts and a 360-degree camera, as well as parking assistance functions. Outbound assistance is also bundled, providing audible and visual warnings for vehicles in driver’s blind spots while on the road, as well as for approaching traffic when the car is parked and a passenger leaving the vehicle. The pilot pack also includes Capra’s semi-autonomous travel assistance, which can control the steering, throttle and brakes of the motorway under the supervision of the driver.
Like all MEB vehicles in the Volkswagen Group, the Cupra Born has a longer wheelbase compared to its overall length, which means its interior space should be maximized. It also has boots slightly larger than the 385-liter SEAT Lyon.
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