Were you hoping to get your hands on one of Seat’s exciting new Leon Cupra R models that was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2017?

Sad times for you – all 24 examples of the sexed-up hot hatch allocated to the UK have now been allocated. If you ring around quickly enough you might find that Lithuania’s allocation is still going spare, of course. 

The Leon Cupra R is the most powerful car Seat has ever produced. Limited to a mere 799 units worldwide, the car is available with a manual gearbox and 306bhp, or a dual-clutch automatic version that produces 296bhp. 

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The UK-specification cars are exclusively manual gearbox-equipped and each one has set its buyer back a hefty £34,995, although the rarity of the car will help it maintain its value – you could barely fill a PC World car park on a Saturday night even if you had them all in one place. 

Compared with the suddenly rather dull standard Leon, the Cupra R offers modified camber angles on the front axle, four-piston Brembro brake callipers and a retuned sports exhaust system, as well as a rear spoiler that provides 20kg of downforce.

Styling tweaks include carbonfibre detailing around the car as well as copper accents that make the flagship Cupra stand out whether it’s been ordered in grey or black, the two exclusive options colourwise. 

The copper theme carries on into the cabin, with accents across the dashboard and even in the seat stitching. Each of the front bucket pews gets an Alcantara covering. 

First deliveries to the lucky 24 Brits will begin this month, says Seat. 

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Gallery: 2018 SEAT Leon Cupra R