Cupra Born revealed as an angry-looking version of the electric VW ID.3
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Due to the sheer size of Volkswagen as an automotive brand, it has the ability to share almost all of its platforms multiple sub-brands. We've seen this for quite some time now with petrol cars, but it's a relatively new thing for EVs.
A prime example is the Porsche Taycan, which now underpins the Audi e-tron GT. Along the same lines, Cupra recently revealed the Born, which shares a lot with Volkswagen's ID.3.
In essence, this is just an ID.3 with a new body, but this has resulted in a spicy-looking EV that serves as an alternative for those looking at getting into a battery-powered Volkswagen.
While the doors, and rear quarter have been directly taken from the VW, the revised front and rear ends look a lot more dynamic. Arguably the coolest aspect of this re-design is the floating C pillar behind the rear doors.
On the inside, the Born EV is almost identical to the ID.3, except for the addition of Cupra's famous copper-coloured accents. A raised centre console, and the sport seats are the other two main differences here.
In terms of drivelines, the base Born uses a single motor mounted on the rear axle. It features a 45kWh battery that is good for around 340km of range on the WLTP cycle. Power is rated at 110kW, and it'll take around nine seconds to hit 100km/h.
Two higher-spec models are also available, featuring a larger 58kWh battery. This brings range up to 418km, and brings the 0-100km/h time up to 7.3 seconds in the standard model.
Opting for the e-boost motor gets you up to 170kW, and will further drop the 0-100km/h time to 6.6 seconds. This model also features a 'Push to Pass' button on the steering wheel, which will provide extra power for a short burst.
If these options still aren't enough, it will also get a 77kWh battery in the long range model, which will provide a range of 550km.
Right now, Europe is the only market that the Born has been confirmed for, but we've reached out to Cupra New Zealand to ask about local availibility.