The new Cupra Formentor VZ5 has been revealed, arriving as the first vehicle “uniquely developed” for the three-year-old brand and borrowing Audi’s turbocharged 2,5-litre, five-cylinder petrol engine.

While the Cupra brand – established in 2018 as a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group automaker Seat – is not a familiar one to South Africans, the engine under the new Formentor VZ5’s bonnet certainly is.

The turbocharged five-pot we know from models such as the Audi RS3 twins, the RS Q3 twins and TT RS has been detuned slightly for the Cupra, now generating 287 kW (down from 294 kW) from 5 700 to 7 000 r/min, with peak torque of 480 N.m on tap from 2 250 r/min.

Linked to all four wheels via the VW Group’s seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, the Formentor VZ5 will hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 4,2 seconds before topping out at 250 km/h.

Cupra says the Formentor VZ5 offers a “unique” engine sound, “without the need for any artificial enhancement”. The cooling system, meanwhile, includes a Formentor-specific design.

Just 7 000 units will be produced, each in left-hand-drive form.