The hot hatchback has come a long way. When this niche first started, the idea of having over 100 horsepower in a car that small was rather novel. These days, these pocket rockets easily make twice that, or even thrice of the first-generation models. Now, the hot hatch is taking on a new dimension.
Cupra, SEAT's performance brand and division, has perhaps made the first production electric hot hatchback with the El-Born. It isn't some re-bodied Volkswagen e-Golf with a sporty body kit either. The Cupra El-Born rides on Volkswagen Group's modular electric vehicle platform, and it's the first to have a performance variant. With that, the Spanish automaker could kick start an electric revolution in the sport compact car segment.
For now, Cupra isn't mentioning any power figures just yet, but some of the claimed performance stats are promising. The El-Born can get to 50 km/h from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, which suggests a 0 to 100 km/h time in the six-second range is possible. Another interesting thing about the El-Born is where it sends power. Unlike typical hot hatchbacks, this performance EV is rear-wheel-drive. Cupra will be adding more performance stats down the line.
Aside from making a performance electric hatchback, the Cupra El-Born also represents something else for parent company Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Auto Group has been investing and pouring more resources in electric mobility and the El-Born expands the automaker's EV portfolio. With the introduction of this model, every brand from the Volkswagen Auto Group has at least one pure electric vehicle in its line-up.