Like Americans, Australians are eager to get into affordable electric cars. But we keep being offered those who are a little rich for our blood, a little expensive for our wallets. The latest is the Cupra Born, which I’m sure will sell well for between AUS $ 50,000- $ 60,000, because it’s a very exciting machine. The impulse of the electric age.
Cupra, a spin-off of SEAT, is owned by the Volkswagen Group and has been described as sizzling, sporty and sexy. These are not words you would attribute to the solid German-made VW, but very appropriate to the Spanish SEAT.
Although they are currently being tested in Australia, customers are unlikely to be able to get their hands on one until late 2022 or early 2023.
Cupra Born is based on Volkswagen ID.3, which is extremely popular in Europe and also sells quite well in China. Born is the very first Cupra EV and seen as a rival to the Nissan Leaf e +.
However, Born will look and drive more sporty than ID.3, with the battery packs in either 58 kWh (slightly over 400 km range) or 77 kWh (just over 500 km range). The former has an optional e-boost package available that raises the power of the rear-mounted engine to 170 kW – an improvement of 20 kW over ID.3, which causes Born to hit 100 km / h from standstill at 6 , 6 seconds (for comparison VW Golf GTI hot hatch does the same in 6.3 seconds). Bilguide writes.
“In line with the eco-friendly theme, the standard seats in Born are covered by Seaqual (a material made from recycled plastic sourced from the sea, instead of being the working title of the film Aquaman 2). “
In time, I’m sure this car will open wallets and turn heads as it drives down Australian roads.
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