CUPRA Tavascan


Berlin/Martorell, 21 April 2023

The CUPRA Tavascan’s powertrain is setup to deliver the most engaging drive possible. Thanks to the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, it integrates advanced all-electric systems to deliver a unique experience.

CUPRA Tavascan VZ: Nowhere better is this showed but the CUPRA Tavascan VZ, the top of the range version. Its dual motor (rear motor: 210kW; front motor: 80kW) layout is used to deliver even greater dynamics, able to send up to 30% of the vehicle’s power to the front wheels when more traction is required. Even more impressive considering the vehicle’s output of 250kW (340PS), with a torque of 545Nm (rear motor) and 134Nm (front motor) respectively. The selectable CUPRA Mode - Range, Comfort, Performance, CUPRA, Individual and Traction (for the all-wheel drive version) - enhances the driver experience.

The all-wheel drive system uses a permanently synchronous motor with a maximum speed over 13,000rpm integrated above the rear axle in front of the centre of the wheels. Torque is transferred using a single-speed transmission with a differential, smoothing out delivery to provide the consistent performance associated with CUPRA.

It is assisted by a front mounted motor when the onboard control unit detects torque requirements for the front wheels.

The front asynchronous motor benefits from minimal drag losses when inactive and the coaxially mounted front drive unit is lightweight at only 60kg. As an all-electric vehicle there is no need for a mechanical connection, such as a traditional drive shaft, clutch, or differential, between the two axles, making the system quick and efficient.

The two motors communicate instantly, managing loads quickly and efficiently. Each is given new commands every millisecond via their respective power electronics, and the shift in torque between wheels is seamless, making the adjustments imperceptible to occupants.

The ability to shift torque between all four wheels increases not only driveability and assurance, but also acceleration. From a standing start the CUPRA Tavascan VZ can reach 50km/h in just 2.4seconds (0 to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds).

Endurance trim: Performance isn’t solely engrained in the CUPRA Tavascan VZ edition, it’s a core aspect of the Endurance version too.

It benefits from the same rear mounted motor technology (rear wheel drive), delivering 210kW (286PS)/545Nm.

Advanced battery technology: At the centre of the Tavascan is its battery and it integrates a water-cooled, prismatic cell modules lithium-ion battery, housed in an aluminium structure that is part of the vehicle’s body, increasing rigidity and keeping the weight low and central. It’s a design that offers the best balance between the CUPRA Tavascan’s centre of gravity and reducing the impact of the packs weight, using the system to broaden the vehicle’s dynamic abilities.

In the Endurance version, a 77kWh net battery pack with rear wheel drive, delivers around 550km* based on the official WLTP test cycle. The highest specification, dual motor, all-wheel drive CUPRA Tavascan VZ delivers a range of around 520km* from its 77kWh net battery pack.

The system’s efficiency is aided by the onboard thermal management system that maintains the battery’s temperature, making sure it stays optimised. The battery includes a base plate with integrated water channels connected to the coolant circuit.

Increased efficiency: Electrification brings other benefits. When the accelerator is released the motor acts as a generator to feed energy back into the battery (this happens when the ‘B’ mode is selected rather than ‘D’) pushing energy back into the powertrain and reducing wear and tear on the brakes. The level of energy recuperation can also be managed via the regenerative paddle shifts on the steering wheel, allowing to choose between 4 different levels.

The CUPRA Tavascan also integrates a heat pump as an optional equipment. The technology works by more efficiently heating the interior. Especially useful when the ambient temperature drops.

“The CUPRA Tavascan builds on an evolved electric powertrain technology used in the company’s first all-electric car, the CUPRA Born, to produce an exhilarating drive whether in all-wheel or rear-wheel drive versions,” said Werner Tietz, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development at CUPRA. “CUPRA’s first all-electric SUV coupe is offering a unique driving experience, showing a reinvented sportiness in electric vehicles.”

Recharging performance: The CUPRA Tavascan also includes convenient recharging options.

The second all-electric vehicle in the CUPRA line-up can add an additional 100km of range in as little as 7 minutes. And when the battery’s SOC drops to only 10% it can be replenished to 80% in just under half an hour using at least a 135kW charging point.

And whether you’re charging at home or on the road, the CUPRA Tavascan adapts; it can be plugged in to both AC and DC charging networks, making charging simple and hassle free.

And to take the stress away from home charging CUPRA can deliver the solution that best fits the customer’s circumstances. CUPRA offers a range of charging options meaning customers can have a CUPRA-specific wallbox installed.

CUPRA Charger (which is plug & play), CUPRA Charger Connect (offering Wi-Fi connection) or CUPRA Charger Pro (featuring 4G and Wi-Fi) – giving them complete control of how and when they recharge the CUPRA Tavascan’s battery.

And for total control, the CUPRA Easy Charging App controls everything related to charging: no matter what recharging infrastructure is available, it’s always at your fingertips and easy to manage, meaning you’re always ready for the next journey.