CUPRA unveils DarkRebel electric sports car

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CUPRA unveils DarkRebel electric sports car

CUPRA has unveiled the new DarkRebel concept in the flesh for the first time at the 2023 IAA Munich Motor Show.


The electric, two-seater shooting brake sports car previously broke cover as a virtual showcase with some 270,000 fans providing suggestions as to how the car should look but in the flesh, it becomes the latest showcase of CUPRA's design language.

CUPRA's designers took the suggestions of the 'Tribe' and its engineers then turned it into this physical concept - and there's not much different at all between what the vision was and what the concept looks like in the flesh.


Wayne Griffiths, CEO of CUPRA, said: "Thanks to the passion and creativity of the Cupra Tribe, we have been able to turn one of our most powerful obsessions into a real show car. The CUPRA DarkRebel is the maximum provocation of Cupra design. It is a rebel with a purpose: to prove that electric cars in the future can be sporty, sexy, and emotional."

What's under the skin?

CUPRA hasn't revealed what will power the DarkRebel, but it'll be based on the Volkswagen group's MEB platform like its stablemates the Born and the Tavascan - the 335bhp electric SUV unveiled back at the Berlin E-Prix in April.

So, in theory, drivers could expect could expect all that power beneath their right foot - although there are whispers Audi could throw more then 600bhp into their new RS6 e-tron, which also uses the MEB platform. We can dream!

The CUPRA DarkRebel's daring design

It's a sports car, first and foremost. But it takes some shooting brake cues. The Tribe has come up with something that looks like the best of the Toyota Supra from some angles and very old school GT from others - with a slung back cabin and huge bonnet out front.

The DarkRebel looks unmistakably CUPRA, though. The triple triangle headlights are a signature and make a return, and the car has a central spine like the one on the Tavascan.

What's the DarkRebel's interior like?

Light is a clear theme for CUPRA, and the DarkRebel has an illuminated steering wheel that's equal parts yoke - sort of like the controls you'd see in a fighter jet.


The door cards have embedded LED and the drive selector glows, too - with all the lights changing depending on what driving mode is selected and different sound signatures to match.

Tech-wise, the climate controls have thermal cameras to make sure occupants are kept at their ideal temperature, with the air conditioning adjusted to suit, while a digital panel wraps around the whole dash.

The EV also incorporates some real sustainability innovations, with 90% biodegradable bamboo making up its interior trim, while 3D printed components, like the spidery centre console, help reduce excess and waste in production.

There's no inforomation yet as to what the CUPRA DarkRebel will be priced at, or if and when we'll see it hit the road but we can't wait to find out!