Evolving Sporty SEAT Models: Celebrating 70 Years
As part of the SEAT 70 years celebration, the brand has been looking back at the sporty icons over the years which proved to be a hit with the younger market and how SEAT kept up to date with the changing trends of the automotive industry.
In the 60s, the SEAT sporty models featured the 850 and the 850 Coupe, both offering a higher price thanks to the thrilling driving experience included with these models. The 850's engine received a twin-body carburettor and a higher compression ratio in the Coupé. As a result, the power soared by 10PS, providing 47PS at a high regime for the time, 6,200 rpm. Later in the decade, SEAT also improved the power even further, making them the perfect sporty cars for that era.
In the 70s, SEAT introduced the SEAT 1200 Sport, the first exclusively self-designed model for the brand. The coupé was initially launched with the 1,197cc (67PS) engine that is given the name SEAT 1200 Sport. A year later, the SEAT Sport 1430, with 77PS, also arrived.
In the early 80’s, SEAT also launched the SEAT Fura, with a later instalment of the Fura Crono, filled with black plastic trim, black protections also surround its perimeter, with the widening of the wheel arches and the side mouldings. This model also managed to bring together the best Spanish drivers of the moment for three years and even rescue old motor-sport figures for the championship. SEAT and sports went hand in hand.
The Ibiza helped SEAT leap into modernity. The sporty version of the Ibiza came four years after the launch, with an important technical contribution, the application of gasoline injection on the existing 1,5 litre engine, bringing the power from the 85PS of the carburettor version to 100PS. The name of the sport version was Ibiza SXi, with the "i" in honour of the injection, and the "X" for the double brake circuit arranged in an X. This was already an important improvement in safety, which was also accompanied by front ventilated discs, to adapt it to the greater performance of this small sporty car. The Ibiza SXi followed in the steps of the aesthetic treatment of the Fura Crono, adding wide wings, side skirts and lateral mouldings in black, which visually wrapped and protected it, along with the bumpers of the same colour.
The next generation of the SEAT Ibiza did not make great statements of its sportiness outwardly, but instead it was hiding discreetly under the hood: in this case, a two-litre injection engine, the largest displacement in the segment.
FR has since been the name given to SEAT sporty cars, with the fifth generation of the Ibiza continuing the tradition in 2020 with a 150PS 1.5 TSI engine, however, SEAT also offers a 110PS Ibiza 1.0 FR for those who only need the agility of its chassis.
SEAT also adds safety and comfort with the current Ibiza FR leaving plenty of room for four adults. With five doors to access it, just as the public requests right now. First offering FULL LED lighting in this segment, Ibiza FR adds traffic jam assistance, automatic city braking, adaptive cruise control, fatigue recognition... and the luxury of a wireless mobile charger with a GSM signal amplifier or DSG shifters in the multifunction steering wheel: not even in science fiction books could that proud driver of the 850 Coupé have imagined everything that a sporty SEAT contains today.
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