Cupra Unveils Born VZ, A High-Performance Electric Hatchback with Enhanced Features

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Cupra has introduced the Born VZ, an electrifying addition to its lineup, elevating the electric hatchback with enhanced performance, sportier chassis dynamics, and upgraded interior technology.

Incorporating a performance boost, the Born VZ boasts a specialized chassis setup, fine-tuned by Cupra engineers. The DCC Sport suspension system now integrates new adaptive dampers, springs, and updated anti-roll bars, while adjustments to the steering enhance responsiveness and braking feel. These enhancements pave the way for an exhilarating driving experience. Notably, similar powertrain and chassis upgrades are anticipated in the forthcoming performance variant of the VW ID.3, potentially adorned with the esteemed GTX or GTI moniker.

Cupra VZ

Despite the impending mid-lifecycle update for the Cupra Born, enthusiasts might ponder why the VZ variant is based on the existing pre-facelifted model. Nevertheless, distinguishing features include redesigned 20-inch wheels with striking 3D copper inserts (or optional forged wheels with performance tires), exclusive color options such as Dark Forest and Midnight Black, and the signature dark chrome VZ emblem adorning the tailgate.

Stepping into the cabin, the Cupra Born VZ embraces technological advancements, showcasing the larger 12.9-inch infotainment display borrowed from the facelifted VW ID.3, complemented by illuminated sliders and ambient interior lighting synchronized with the ADAS. Enhancing driver engagement, regenerative paddle shifters adorn the steering wheel, while comfort is elevated with the inclusion of cup bucket seats crafted with upcycled Seaqual yarn textile and recycled Dinamica upholstery, mirroring those found in the Formentor VZ5 and the Leon V Cup.

Cupra VZ EV

Configurable in a five-seater layout with optional amenities such as a sunroof and a premium 425-watt 10-speaker audio system by Sennheiser, the Born VZ ensures a personalized driving experience. Furthermore, safety features receive a boost with advanced ADAS, including the Remote Park Assist function, enhancing peace of mind on the road.

Under the hood, the Born VZ packs a punch with a more potent rear-mounted electric motor, delivering 322 hp and 545 Nm of torque, a significant increase compared to its predecessor, the Born e-Boost. This translates to impressive acceleration, with the Born VZ capable of sprinting from 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and achieving a top speed of 200 km/h, showcasing a notable improvement in performance metrics.

Cupra VZ interior

Despite the enhanced power, Cupra assures that efficiency remains uncompromised. The battery pack has been upgraded to 79 kWh, offering an extended range of up to 570 km between charges. Additionally, the battery supports 170 kW DC charging, facilitating rapid charging from 10-80 percent in just 30 minutes, ensuring minimal downtime.

Anticipated for market launch in the third quarter of 2024, pricing details for the Cupra Born VZ will be unveiled during the summer. This strategic timing hints at the likelihood of the facelifted Cupra Born making its debut thereafter, possibly in 2025, promising further advancements in the electric hatchback segment.

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