Underneath the CUPRA Born sits one of the most advanced electrified powertrains ever used by the high-performance brand. Delivering electrifying performance, it marks a new chapter in the brand’s story.

The CUPRA Born places the driven wheels at the rear to produce a sportier feeling. The pure EV’s powertrain with a permanent magnet synchronous motor has a maximum speed over 16,000rpm and is 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 natural performance.

Two CUPRA Born variants are available; the first delivers 150PS (110kW) of power and 310Nm of torque, while there is also a 204PS (150kW)/310Nm version too.

But the dynamic delight doesn’t end there CUPRA has gone beyond. The CUPRA Born will also offer an e-Boost1 performance pack that takes performance to another level, increasing output up to 231PS (170kW); the e-Boost1 will be available with two battery options: with a 77kWh battery delivering the 0-100km/h in 7 seconds and with a range of around 540km* , and another with a 58kWh battery reducing the 0 to 50km/h in only 2.6s* and the 0-100km/h to just 6.6** seconds and a range of around 420km*.

The CUPRA Born uses a water-cooled, multi-pouch lithium-ion battery system housed low and centrally in the car to offer the best centre of gravity and reduce the impact of the packs weight – instead using it as an advantage to deliver increased dynamics.

The aluminium structure is bolted to the CUPRA Born’s body, increasing overall rigidity.

“The CUPRA Born integrates a very advanced electric powertrain technology, helping to deliver an exhilarating drive from CUPRA’s first all-electric vehicle,” said Werner Tietz, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development at CUPRA and SEAT. “The CUPRA Born proves that electrification and performance are a perfect match, it’s a game-changer in the market, contributing to the reduction in CO2 but without any compromises – it’s environmentally conscious but at the same time dynamic and exciting.”

Each Battery option delivers 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh of net capacity respectively. And with a range of around 540km* on a single charge according to the official WLTP test cycle, the CUPRA Born is ready to deliver in the real world.

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.

But electrification isn’t exclusively about vehicle range, recharge times are also an incredibly important barometer of usability, and here the CUPRA Born is ready.

The high-performance EV can add an additional 100km of range in as little as 7 minutes using a 125kW charging point, making typical journeys as simple and easy as if using a combustion engine vehicle. And even if the battery pack SOC is only 5% it can be replenished to 80% in as little as 35 minutes.

The CUPRA Born is adaptable and can be plugged in to both AC and DC charging networks, so whether you’re on the road or at home, refilling the battery is quick, simple and hassle free.

CUPRA will deliver the charging solution that best fits the customer, so the CUPRA Born can stay an integral part of their life. Through the brand’s charging options 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 Born’s battery.

Finally, the CUPRA Easy Charging App controls everything related to charging: no matter what recharging infrastructure is available it’s always at your fingertips.