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150PS SEAT Ibiza FR Races Onto the Scene

Fri, 05 Dec 2003
SEAT has unveiled its latest and most sporty model in the Ibiza range, the Ibiza FR, which stands for 'Formula Racing'. The FR has a 110kW (150bhp) version of the VAG 1,8 20v turbo, as fitted to the base model Audi TT Roadster and coupe, and will reach the UK early in 2004.

Kit includes five double-spoke, titanium-coloured 16-inch alloy wheels with the same smoky titanium colour on the door mirrors, headlamps and taillight housing, helps to define the sporty image of this car. The front bumper has been specially designed for the FR and has honeycomb mesh over the air intakes. At the rear is a sporty, chromed double exhaust. Bold black and red FR badges adorn each of the B-pillars.

The Ibiza FR interior also has its own sporty style distinguished by elements such as the metallic finish on the instrument panel, central console, air vents, gear knob and glove compartment handle. The steering wheel, gear stick gaiter and handbrake lever are leather bound with grey stitching. The new style seats are upholstered in a novel metallic effect fabric.

The Ibiza FR has a top speed of 135 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. On the extra urban cycle it achieves 46 mpg.

SEAT Technical Centre have introduced stiffer coils, changed the diameter of the front anti-roll bar and modified the way the rear axle is anchored to the chassis. The result is sharper handling with less rocking.

The new Ibiza FR marks the start of the FR concept for SEAT, which will expand to include other models in the range such as Leon.

In future SEAT’s sportiest cars will fall into two categories, FR and Cupra. FR models will have distinctive sporty design, high equipment levels, sports chassis and the most potent engines in the range. Cupra models on the other hand will take sportiness and exclusivity a step further. As with current Leon Cupra, future Cupra’s will be developed and manufactured by SEAT Sport and benefit from all the experience the brand has accumulated in racing over the years.

The Ibiza FR has extended SEAT’s performance car offering to the Ibiza range, but it doesn’t end there for SEAT’s most popular model. Later in 2004 another exciting model will become available – the SEAT Sport-built Ibiza Cupra.

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