New five-cylinder Cupra Formentor VZ5 teased

Cupra Formentor will make its debut later this month, sporting the same five-cylinder engine as the Audi RS Q3

Cupra has previewed the new Formentor VZ5 with a single shadowy teaser image. The new five-cylinder performance SUV will be officially unveiled on the 22 February, claiming flagship status from the current 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre variant.

Other than confirming the engine will be a five-cylinder petrol unit, Cupra hasn’t released any details about the new Formentor VZ5’s powertrain. However, as the company is limited to the Volkswagen Group parts bin, and the Formentor shares the same MQB underpinnings as the Audi Q3, the options are narrowed down significantly.

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The only engine which fits the bill is the turbocharged 2.5-litre unit from the Audi RS Q3. It should drop straight into the Formentor’s engine bay and provide a significant enough jump in performance to create some distance between the current 2.0-litre range-topper.

In the Audi RS Q3, the five-pot has an output of 395bhp and 480Nm of torque – enough for a 0–62mph time of around five seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The unit will also be used in the upcoming RS3 hot hatchback, where it will develop 415bhp and 500Nm of torque.

Whether the flagship Formentor’s engine will have the same output as the Audi RS Q3 is yet to be seen. The Volkswagen Group has a habit of detuning its “lesser” brands to help give its more premium vehicles an edge.

Audi occupies the top spot in the Group’s pecking order, so it is possible that the five-cylinder Formentor to have a little less power than the RS Q3. Keen-eyed readers will also note that the Volkswagen Tiguan R’s engine produces 316bhp, while the Formentor’s only has 306bhp, despite the fact that both SUV’s use the same 2.0-litre engine.

The Formentor VZ5’s styling will be familiar, although Cupra will make some minor cosmetic changes to mark the SUV out as the flagship model. The firm’s teaser image shows there’ll be a new rear diffuser and staggered quad-exit exhaust tips – and we’re expecting a new front bumper and fresh alloy wheels to match.

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