Four Powertrain Outputs Offered by new Cupra BEV

Cupra’s new Born sports BEV hatchback will be available in four power versus range options when it arrives in European showrooms this summer.

The automaker is hoping to broaden the appeal of the vehicle to suit the differing requirements of its potential consumers. The entry-level powertrain deploys a 45kWh  battery pack, boasts 147bhp and 228ft-lbs of torque while claiming a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.9 seconds and maximum range of 211 miles.

The model above, ups the battery pack to 58kWh with power at 201bhp, a 0-62mph sprint in 7.3 seconds and a claimed range of 260 miles. The fastest model is above with the same size battery pack and claimed range but tuned to 228bhp delivering a sprint time of 6.6 seconds. Topping the line-up is a model with the same power and torque but with a 77kWh battery pack that claims a range of up to 335 miles. However, the extra weight tells on the car’s sprint time which drops to 7 seconds 0-62mph.

All powertrains uses a 16,000rpm permanent magnet synchronous motor, integrated above the rear axle. Torque is transferred across the rear axle using a single-speed transmission with differential, ensuring smooth power delivery and driver confidence during cornering.

The Cupra Born uses a water-cooled, multi-pouch lithium-ion battery system housed low and centrally in the car to offer the best center of gravity to enhance the handling of the vehicle. The aluminum structure, in which the battery is housed, is bolted to the MEB body, increasing overall rigidity.

The system’s efficiency is monitored by the on-board thermal management system that maintains the battery’s temperature, ensuring it stays within the optimal temperature range. The battery includes a base plate with integrated water channels connected to the coolant circuit.

Werner Tietz, executive vice-president for research and development at Cupra and Seat, said: “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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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