2008 SEAT Ibiza SportCoupé

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Sporty and full of emotion

The new 2008 SEAT Ibiza SportCoupé raises the bar of sportiness on SEAT's newest model, combining impressive, vanguard exterior design with exceptional dynamic qualities and a wide range of engine options, which now includes the efficient 80 hp 1.4 and 90 hp 1.9 diesel versions. In addition, with a seven-speed DSG transmission making its debut in this segment, the Ibiza range now features a technical innovation that provides it with greater response and excellent driving comfort.

2008 SEAT Ibiza SportCoupé2008 SEAT Ibiza SportCoupé

Highlights:
# New sportier coupé body
# New seven-speed DSG gearbox for the first time in this segment
# Five stars after stringent Euro NCAP testing

The fundamental sportiness of the SEAT brand is maximised in the Ibiza SportCoupé thanks to its compact coupé body. With a length of 4.034 metres and height of 1.428 metres to match its character, the proportions lend the car both agility and comfort in the city and on the motorway. Likewise, the new Volkswagen Group platform designed for this segment also favours the dynamic qualities of the new SEAT Ibiza SC.

Design and precision quality are two elements that distinguish the brand's new model from its competitors. The aesthetic and practical vision of the car created by SEAT Design Director Luc Donckerwolke with the SportCoupé "Bocanegra" prototype lends unique strength and personality to the 2008 Ibiza SportCoupé.

The evolution of the "Dynamic Line" and the new "Arrow Design" concept are noteworthy - the latter characterised by a lower positioning of the headlights and radiator grille for a sportier look, and the robust look of the rear features light clusters set into prominent shoulders.

Painstaking interior and exterior detailing on the new Ibiza SC include the dashboard, the instrument panel, ventilation nozzles and central console, which houses audio equipment and the Bluetooth connection, accessed via controls located on the steering column.

5-star Euro NCAP result

Safety aspects have been carefully considered, with the application of strenuous virtual simulations and real crash tests. The addition of new head-thorax airbags as standard enhances the safety credentials on the new Ibiza, while a newly defined bonnet and front bumper greatly increase pedestrian safety.

Proof of this is an excellent rating after the stringent crash tests organised by the prestigious Euro NCAP organisation - 5 stars in passenger protection, 4 stars in child safety and 3 stars in pedestrian protection.

Top-notch equipment

The new SEAT model can boast one of the most complete lists of safety feeatures in its segment, including standard ESP (Electronic Stability Control), Hill Hold Control - where the car remains stationary on a gradient for two seconds after the brake pedal is released prior to accelerating, and the low tyre-pressure warning system. It also includes the sweeping sidelight cornering function on the foglamps, which greatly enhances visibility in turns at speeds lower than 40 km/h.

Also noteworthy is the availability of bi-xenon + AFS (Adaptive Frontlighting System) headlights, a rear parking assistant, radio-integrated Bluetooth connection, and a portable navigation pre-installation in the centre of the dashboard.

DSG gearbox for the first time in this segment

The new SEAT Ibiza SportCoupé is equipped with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox (on the 105 hp 1.6 version) for the first time in this segment, placing the Spanish brand's new car in an enviable position compared with its rivals. The new Ibiza's inherent sportiness combines with the comfort and reliability of one of the most efficient automatic transmissions on the market.

With shorter first and second gears and a smaller gear ratio, this new, twin-clutch automatic transmission provides the Ibiza SportCoupé with greater acceleration. In addition, this system produces remarkable fuel consumption, since the seventh gear is ideal for long motoring trips.

The full offer on sale

The range includes three petrol engines - the 70 hp 1.2, 85 hp 1.4 and 105 hp 1.6; as well as three diesel engines each with a DPF particulate filter - the 80 hp 1.4 TDI and the newcomers 90 and 105 hp 1.9 TDI. All engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, except the 105 hp 1.6, which of course is equipped with the seven-speed DSG, and feature reduced consumption levels and CO2 emissions - less than 120 g/km for the diesel engines and less than 160 g/km for the petrol units.

Agile, seductive and characterful, the new Ibiza SC will be available in three trim levels - Reference, Stylance and Sport, with an outstanding standard equipment list from the entry-level model. In the near future, the Ibiza range will be joined by the ecological ECOMOTIVE, plus sporty FR and Cupra versions.

As with the 5-door version, the new Ibiza SportCoupé will be manufactured exclusively at the SEAT Martorell factory near Barcelona.

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Source: SEAT (June 30, 2008)

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