Once again the Leon Cupra will be named '290' due to SEAT having to de-tune the 296 (300PS) brake horsepower, 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine to 286 brake horsepower (290PS). If you're concerned as to whether the estate variant of the Cupra has changed, have no fear - thanks to its all wheel drive setup the model hasn't been forced to undergo the changes. The changes were recently confirmed by a SEAT spokesperson - “In the context of new homologations, there are adaptions for the exhaust-gas-treatment and for the power output. From now on, all front wheel drive 2.0 TSI Cupra will feature a 290PS engine, while the 4-wheel drive will feature a 300PS engine.”
The Leon Cupra isn't the only hot hatch to affected by WLTP though, other victims are the:
In the long run, WLTP will benefit consumers as manufacturer stated fuel economy will be much more realistic to obtain in your daily driving, but its a shame how much inconvenience the changes have caused to those eagerly waiting their brand new cars.