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Cupra Formentor VZ5: With the DTM safety car to Formula 1

Walking speed is the order of the day here: on the grounds of the Nuremberg Norisring, a maximum speed of 10 km/h is allowed during the DTM race. That’s difficult in the Cupra Formentor VZ5. The sporty SUV is the DTM safety car – and our test car on the way to the traditional street circuit.

We leave the Zeppelin field on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds on the right. The goal is the dozen pond and a photo with the congress hall in the background: Power SUV meets Nuremberg history with motorsport flair.

In the foreground, the Cupra logo shines in the grill. It is considered a symbol of power. It is not for nothing that the sporty SUV bears the abbreviation VZ in its name. Translated into German, “veloz” means “fast”. The VZ5 is the Cupra of superlatives. No other model from the Spanish luxury brand is more powerful. A 390 hp in-line five-cylinder roars at the front. 2.5 liter displacement, 480 Nm torque, all-wheel drive, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Formentor does it from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
Cupra Formentor VZ5

Power SUV meets Nuremberg history with motorsport flair.


Of course, that’s not quite enough for the DTM. The brisk safety car brother of our test car has an engine tuning from Abt Sportsline. The driver can thus call up an output of 331 kW (450 hp) and the top speed is 270 km/h. The tuning increases the maximum torque by 50 Nm to 530 Nm. The Cupra Formentor VZ5 from Abt manages to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

His brother for everyday life does not need that. We use it on the long haul. From DTM to Formula 1, from Nuremberg on the autobahn to Spielberg at the Red Bull Ring in Styria. But it is also clear there: With the Cupra Formentor VZ 5, Cupra has transformed a crossover into an athlete.

Cupra Formentor VZ5

The brisk safety car brother of our test car has an engine tuning from Abt Sportsline.


Precise steering, exact braking and a 390 hp acceleration when it is necessary. The Cupra Formentor VZ5 is made for the highways between the racetracks. Only consumption lowers the fun: the on-board computer shows 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers.

Arrival at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Media parking lot stickers pinned to the inside of the windscreen and turned into the main entrance to the Formula 1 track. Autograph hunters are waiting at the side of the road, scenting a star in our speedy test car. None, but image is everything.

In the parking lot, four-wheel drive is worth its weight in gold. The rain has partially turned the meadow into mud. No problem for the Formentor: Within seconds it mutates from an athlete to an off-road vehicle. By the way: Sebastian Vettel’s press officer Britta Roeske is parked next to us in a Skoda Octavia rental car. Group brothers among themselves.

Cupra Formentor VZ5

Our motorsport reporter drove the Cupra Formentor VZ5 first to the DTM at the Norisring and then to Formula 1 in Spielberg.


Ferrari star Charles Leclerc wins the Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Our winner is the Cupra. A car for all occasions. Only the traffic jam on the way back is annoying. The Verstappen boom has attracted around 40,000 Dutch people to Spielberg. With their caravans, they too make their way home north.

Of course we now feel like driving the VZ5 regularly. Its suitability for everyday use coupled with sporty acceleration and more than stable cornering are just as convincing as the aggressive SUV look.

Alone: ​​Cupra only builds 7,000 copies. Once they are all sold, this special 390 hp Spaniard will only be available as a used car. Maybe we should hurry…

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