Cupra has entered the final testing phase of the Born. The electric hatchback has been pushed to its limits for the past two years close to the Arctic Circle, and this is where a prototype proved its mettle by drifting on a frozen lake.
Before it debuts in the beginning of May, the brand’s engineers will have subjected it to over 1,000 tests in some of the coldest temperatures on the planet covering every aspect, from the dampers to the battery and HVAC system. The latter was using state-of-the-art tech such as 3D printers, ensuring that it works properly in the harsh climate.
A sister-model to the Volkswagen ID.3 with a more youthful design, the Cupra Born will be assembled alongside its sibling at the Zwickau factory, in Germany, from the second half of the year. It will use the 77 kWh battery from the ID.3 Pro S, which should give it a total range of around 500 km (310 miles). The battery pack is expected to power an electric motor that is rumored to generate 201 horsepower in the rear-wheel drive model, with sportier versions to launch later on.
The performance will be improved by a ‘boost’ function, similar to Porsche’s overboost, that will give it more power for a limited amount of time. Moreover, it will feature a Dynamic Chassis Control Sport suspension for a more engaging drive compared to the ID.3.