Cupra has revealed an exclusive new version of its five-cylinder Formentor VZ5, featuring a range of exterior and interior tweaks to give it a “darker edge”.

    The Cupra Formentor VZ5 BAT limited edition really looks like Spain’s take on the Batmobile, featuring a blacked-out look inside and out and a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Audi RS3.

    Limited to just 500 units, the VZ5 BAT gets gloss black black roof rails, grille inserts and surrounds, cladding and 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as carbon-fibre mirror caps and “cerakote” black exhaust pipe finishers.

    There’s also a dark chrome Cupra logo adorning the front and rear, as well as dark chrome ‘CUPRA’ lettering across the tailgate. Inside, there’s racy Cup Bucket seats, and black chrome interior trim accents.

    As noted earlier, power in the Formentor VZ5 comes from a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine shared with the Audi RS3 and RSQ3.

    The Cupra is slightly down on power compared to its Audi cousins, putting out a still healthy 287kW (390PS) and 480Nm, with drive sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.

    It quotes a blistering 4.2-second dash to 100km/h, making it quicker than the RSQ3 (4.5s) and a few of tenths off the RS3 (3.8s).

    Unfortunately for Australia, the VZ5 is only produced in left-hand drive, and is limited to 7000 units globally. Pricing in Spain starts from an eye-watering €68,390 (A$115,043), which isn’t far off what you’d pay for a Porsche 718 Cayman there.

    The BAT is the second colour-themed Formentor VZ5 limited edition, following the Taiga Grey version that was announced at the flagship model’s launch – limited to 999 units out of the 7000-vehicle run.

    In Australia the most powerful Formentor variant is the VZx, which runs the 228kW/400Nm 2.0 TSI out of the Audi S3 and can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 4.9 seconds.

    Would you like to see the Cupra Formentor VZ5 in Australia? Sound off in the comments!

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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