Cupra Born VZ: Electric Performance Evolution

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Cupra Born VZ: Electric Performance Evolution

Derived from SEAT, the Volkswagen Group’s brand, Cupra introduced its premier electric performance vehicle in 2018. This dynamic iteration, based on the Born compact model, bears the “VZ” designation, denoting “Veloz,” Spanish for “fast.” Marking the brand’s inaugural electric vehicle, the Cupra Born VZ receives substantial enhancements.

Operating on rear-wheel drive, this electric hot hatch boasts an upgraded motor delivering 322 horsepower and an impressive instant torque of 402 pound-feet (545 Newton-meters).

This represents a significant increase of 94 hp and 235 Nm (173 lb-ft) over the prior most powerful variant of the Cupra Born. Thanks to this enhanced electric power, the VZ variant accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) a full second quicker, now achieving it in 5.7 seconds. Furthermore, its top speed has escalated by 25 mph (40 km/h) to reach 124 mph (200 km/h).

Cupra Born VZ: Electric Performance Evolution

Beyond a more potent e-motor, the Born VZ benefits from exclusive 20-inch wheels, including a forged set with performance tires. Cupra has also augmented the battery pack’s net capacity by 2 kWh to 79 kWh, resulting in an estimated range of 335 miles (570 kilometers).

Steering responsiveness has been refined, coupled with additional suspension tweaks for improved handling, while the brakes offer a more direct feel. In terms of aesthetics, the Born VZ is available in Dark Forest or Midnight Black.

The addition of the “VZ” logo on the tailgate, sporting a dark chrome finish, complements the “Cupra” lettering. Inside, it features unique body-hugging seats not found in lower models, akin to those seen in performance cars with combustion engines, like the Formentor VZ5.

For the range-topping Born, Cupra has increased the infotainment screen size by 0.9 inches to 12.9 inches. Notably, the touch slider for climate and volume adjustments is now illuminated.

Additionally, buyers can opt for a 10-speaker, 425-watt Sennheiser sound system at an extra cost. Standard features for the VZ variant include paddle shifters behind the steering wheel to select from three levels of energy recuperation.

The Born VZ is slated for release in Europe in the third quarter of the year. Additionally, 2024 should see the introduction of its Volkswagen counterpart, the ID.3 GTX or its equivalent, in the competitive segment alongside the MG4 XPower. The smaller Alpine A290 is expected to join this lineup soon.

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