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Can a car be perfect for driving comfortably on the road, go from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds on a racetrack and climb a 70% dirt slope with ease? To find out, we tested the #cupra #formentorvz5, the brand’s most powerful model, with racing driver Jordi Gené at the wheel accompanied by Christoph Vierling, head of Whole Vehicle Development at the SEAT S.A. Technical Centre. A car with five driving modes to experience excitement on all types of terrain.
-Pure adrenaline. Everything is ready on the starting grid at the Motorland circuit (Spain). To feel the full power of the #cupra #formentorvz5, Christoph gives Jordi a few tips: “You have to use the Launch Control if you want to start out really fast. Start the engine, select the #cupra Mode and set the ESC to sport, press down on the brake, and then the accelerator. Wait for it to go up to 4,000 rpm and then release the brake!” The car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. “Amazing acceleration! It’s a spectacular start, just as if we were in a race” says Jordi.
-From Comfort to #cupra mode. “Each driving mode has its own character” says Christoph. “I feel a very smooth drive quality in Comfort Mode, which is more suitable for the motorway. Thanks to the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), I can sense how the car behaves reliably when turning the steering wheel” says Jordi. Sportiness is further enhanced with the Sport Mode. “Now you can feel the throttle response and the damping control much more” Christoph adds. Switching to #cupra Mode boosts that feeling even more. “You immediately feel the throttle response is firmer and cornering is much more precise” explains the #cupra driver.
-Technology for total driving freedom. Switching between modes from the infotainment unit activates pre-set configurations that adjust throttle response, gearbox, steering feel, or suspension stiffness. In addition, they can also be adjusted gradually. “We have the option of switching directly from one mode to another, and from Individual Mode, they can be adjusted so that a middle ground can be established” explains Christoph. “In this way, the driver can customise the modes, for example, to an intermediate mode between Sport and #cupra, to adapt to different types of roads for maximum enjoyment and decide which sensations they want to experience at any given time” he adds.
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