Spanish SEAT spin-off Cupra has turned its striking DarkRebel from a computer-generated concept into a physical car, revealed at the Munich motor show this week.
The ‘shooting break’ hatchback supercar was originally shown in April as a virtual concept and was designed entirely online, partly using public input from 270,000 people who played with the colour and trim options on the ‘Hyper Configurator’. This apparently included CUPRA brand ambassadors such as FC Barcelona players Alexia Putellas, Marc ter Stegen and Ansu Fati, and the actor Daniel Brühl.
Data collected from the online portal was injected into the final design, which has now moved from the virtual to the real world. Although it’s too late to influence the concept, you can still play with the configurator here.
The resulting concept is a 100% electric two-seat sports car which has more than a passing resemblance to the Batmobile. The DarkRebel is 4.5 metres in length and 1.3 metres in height – almost identical to the current Porsche 911. It’s wider than a Range Rover though, at 2.2 metres.
Although there is no word on a production version of the DarkRebel, there are certain elements which point the way to future features for Cupra models.
The vehicle’s radical sharp front look is very different to the usual smooth noses of other electric cars and is designed to channel air to cool the powertrain if needed, but otherwise it will be directed under and around the car to improve aerodynamic efficiency and downforce at speed.
There is also a central spine, made of a transparent material which appears to run from the front to the rear of the car, through the interior.