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by Matt Brogan

The road-ready version of Seat’s stunning Ibiza Bocanegra is wowing the crowds at this week’s Barcelona International Motor Show.

The Bocanegra concept car, first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a little more than 12 months ago, can still be seen beneath the production version including the unique and dramatic styling elements of the black front-end – hence the Bocanegra name which translates as ‘black mouth’ in Spanish.

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Unveiled yesterday, the Ibiza Bocanegra’s styling is also a tribute to Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary’s original Bocanegra, the 1200 Sport, which debuted in its home country back in 1975.

The ‘70s car, a milestone in the brand’s history as the first model to be wholly developed at the Seat Technical Centre in Martorell, quickly went on to become a firm favourite in its home market and notched up sales of more than 11,000 in just three years.

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In its home market the new Bocanegra will be equipped with the VW-developed twin-charged 1.4 TSI engine. Meanwhile, XDS electronic limited slip differential and a state-of-the-art seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts underline the Bocanegra’s hi-tech appeal.

“The surprise unveiling of Luc Donckerwolke’s brilliant design concept at Geneva last year caused a real buzz around the show, and I’m sure the appearance of this remarkable production version will do the same in Barcelona,” said Head of Seat UK, Peter Wyhinny. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing right-hand drive versions of the Ibiza Bocanegra turning heads on UK roads later this year.”

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Unfortunately for us, Volkswagen Group Australia has made it clear there are no plans for Seat to re-emerge in Asutralia any time soon.




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