SEAT Leon Cupra has suffered from environmental standardsJune 29, 2018
Thanks to the new environmental standard WLTP, the engineers of the Spanish automaker SEAT had to reduce the power of its engine from 300 to 290 horsepower.
The European cycle of NEDC traffic will soon be completely replaced by a new, more stringent WLTP. According to official data, starting from September this year, the WLTP standard will become mandatory for all newly registered cars. The management of the German car brand Volkswagen Group decided to stop production at its main plant in Wolfsburg (Germany) within 1-2 days between August and the end of September.
Replacement of environmental standards forced the Spanish company SEAT to reduce the maximum engine power, which equips the charged hatchback Leon Cupra from 300 to 290 hp. Thus, after altering the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo engine, he lost 10 hp of power. We believe that this engine would be ideally suited to the all-wheel-drive station wagon Leon Cupra ST.
The adoption of a new, more stringent environmental standard WLTP has affected, by and large, all (or almost all) automobile companies in the world. For example, the French Peugeot had no choice but to suspend the mass production of the charged 308 GTi until the beginning of October 2018. The management of the German brand Porsche also had to make some adjustments to the current production plan. Well, BMW had to abandon the gasoline engine for the 7 Series.
Despite all these inconveniences, the new environmental standard WLTP (the internationally agreed procedure for testing light vehicles), which replaces the current NEDC, allows more accurate determination of the level of emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere – this is made possible in particular, that a new element of testing was introduced. It is already clear that modern cars are becoming more economical and environmentally friendly and I must say that this is very good.