For Cupra, the new role as a pure electrical brand goes hand in hand with cutting the cord. The Born, the first full electricity of the young Seat sub-label, is a first step towards independence from the parent company. Cupra is now run as a separate brand.
In addition, the Born, 4.32 meters long five-door, in the canon of the VW Group is further proof of the independence of the Catalans. On the basis of group technology (modular electrical construction kit, rear-wheel drive), Cupra has put its own interpretation on the wheels. It is decidedly sporty. Already optically, with typical design details including copper-colored decor. This characterizes both the exterior and the interior, and as experienced in the course of the first test drive in and around Barcelona, it attracts a lot of attention.
But it’s not about the decoration alone: the chassis (it is adaptive) and steering (which is progressive) are much more crisp than in VW’s technology supplier, the ID.3. This is helped by the fact that the rather spartan instrument cluster in the cockpit is garnished with the usual Cupra ingredients. Such as the typical steering wheel buttons for calling up the driving modes and the boost function.
The Born is a game changer! Oliver Schmidt, Spokesman for Cupra Austria
The market launch version with 204 hp and the top version with up to 231 hp peak power (accessible via e-Boost) were initially available for tasting, each equipped with a 58 kWh battery. If the spontaneity of the electric drive is not used excessively, a range of around 420 kilometers (according to WLTP) should be feasible. The most powerful Born can also be ordered with a 77 kWh battery – that means 540 kilometers.
This will soon be joined by an entry-level version with 150 hp, 45 kWh battery and a range of 349 kilometers. The Born can not only be fast when driving, but also when charging. Using DC technology (50 or 110 kW), an energy level of 80 percent can be achieved in 31 to 42 minutes.