Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 

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Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 
Joe Nutley - 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 

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Joe Nutley

2016 Seat Leon Cupra 

Instagram: @purplecupra

Photographer: @poa_automotive

I'm 26 years old, live in Bedfordshire. Work on the railway as an electrical engineer. My hobby is mostly just doing car bits. Going to car meets and shows. 

What got you into cars?

I've always liked cars since I was a kid. Used to always play need for speed and other racing games. Going to car events such as top gear live and just dreaming of having/modifying a car one day. 

I've had a few cars over the past couple of years but never really been in the situation to properly modify them. That's why with this one, I went a little crazy. 

Why this Car?

I wanted a mk7 Golf GTI originally but my sister had one and I couldn't just copy. Golf Rs are just everywhere near where I live. Audi S3 was out of my budget at the time and the Cupra in my opinion looks better than the golf / s3 too. 

It feels great. Alot of people know and recognise this car now. It's a combination of my favourite colours and it never looks the same because of the type of wrap on it. It surprises alot of cars on the road and not many know that it has the same engine as the S3 / Golf R.


These have common issues with headlight condensation and also water pump failures. The stock turbo is also renowned for being rather weak. 

Just modify it as you like. There are many people who questioned my decisions on the modifications I was applying and now those same people message me and say my car is amazing. 

What makes it Unique?

The colour, the power and the wheels.

Spec List


  • Venom 550 turbo, 
  • RTS 5 paddle clutch, 
  • Wagner intercooler, 
  • Autotech high-pressure fuel pump, 
  • Littco low-pressure fuel pump, 
  • Scorpion decat / downpipe, 
  • Milltek cat-back with quad tips, 
  • littco boost pipes, 
  • Ram air induction kit, 
  • Racingline big brake kit, 
  • Stage 3 custom tuned by Unicorn Motor Developments.


  • Full wrap in Avery Dennison colour shift, 
  • 19"Bola CSR wheels, 
  • 45mm Vogtland lowering springs, 
  • Tinted front and rear lights, 
  • Leap works spoiler, 
  • TRC Splitter, 
  • TRC side blades, 
  • Reiger rear diffuser, 
  • Painted numberplate panel, 
  • Wiper delete, 
  • Custom Cupra badges,


  • Mostly stock except custom lighting. 

The Wrap was carried out by @WrapExtreme

All parts fitted by me by trial and error, except for tuning. 

Future Plans

Forge the engine and possibly change the wheels. 


Mk3 Leon Cupra owners club

Royal herts statics

The groups and car scene allowed me to express myself in a better way than I thought would ever be possible. 

Dream Car

The standard, R34 GTR

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