Cupra UrbanRebel Concept electric car revealed: specs and release date

September 01, 2021 by

The Cupra UrbanRebel is the brand’s most radical interpretation of an urban electric car, combining race car looks and dynamics with sustainable motoring. It’s only a concept for now but its design will inspire future production EVs.

  • Cupra UrbanRebel Concept shown
  • ‘Radical’ urban electric performance car
  • Racing concept car design will influence road-going versions
  • Massive wing dominates rear end
  • 429hp claimed for concept model
  • 0-62mph in 3.2-seconds
  • Public debut at IAA Munich on September 7
  • To be launched in 2025

The Cupra UrbanRebel Concept is a no-holds-barred electric concept car that shows what future high-performance Cupra EVs could look like.

This UrbanRebel won’t go on sale in its present form, but the first car to take inspiration from this eye-popping concept should arrive in 2025.

Cupra UrbanRebel Concept design

With the official reveal just days away, Cupra has decided to pull the curtain back on what must be one of its most outlandish designs ever. Aside from the insanely huge rear wing, the UrbanRebel Concept has the massive front grille and hunkered down proportions of a purpose-built racing car.

The UrbanRebel’s cool alloy wheel design and chunky hatchback body style wouldn’t look out of place on a rally car, yet are one of the few features of this concept’s design that could appear mostly unchanged on future production cars.

Future road-going cars inspired by this concept will likely be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-car underpinnings (as used by the Volkswagen ID3 and ID4, as well as the Skoda Enyaq.) Unfortunately, that huge rear wing almost certainly won’t reach showrooms.

Cupra UrbanRebel Concept batteries and motors

Cupra has stated that the UrbanRebel concept’s electric motor can deliver 335hp of continuous power and 429hp for short periods – in this maximum-attack mode it’ll accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.2-seconds.

This makes it significantly quicker than the 299hp Volkswagen ID4 GTX, which takes 6.2 seconds to reach 60mph from a standing start.

It’s possible this Cupra could borrow the VW ID4 GTX’s (pictured) motors

There is also no mention of the battery pack capacity or estimated range, but then again, this is a racing concept – not a production car.

When the road-going version does arrive, it will most likely make use of an updated version of the current 231hp single-motor in the Cupra Born. The battery, too, will be of similar size, between 45 to 77kWh which in the Cupra Born offers up to 370 miles of range.

Cupra UrbanRebel Concept release date

You will get to see the Cupra UrbanRebel Concept in all its extroverted glory at IAA Munich, which kicks off on September 7th.

Remember though that this is a ‘radical interpretation’ of Cupra’s urban electric car, so the production version planned for 2025 may not be quite as extreme as this bewinged Concept.

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