Seat's Cupra GT unveiled at the Barcelona auto show will immediately become a low-volume, high-performance car - but it also suggests the look of a 2004 minivan.
The Cupra GT will be built by the Spanish carmaker's sports division in a dedicated area at the Martorell plant near Barcelona.
The Cupra GT uses a 3.0-liter engine sourced from Audi. Seat added a twin turbo to boost the engine to 500hp. About 25 units of the Cupra GT will be produced before the end of the year.
"The front, rear and the major lines of the Cupra GT will inspire the design of our new minivan," said Walter de' Silva, Seat's former styling boss.
De' Silva was named head of design at VW's Audi brand group in March 2002. Besides Audi, Seat and Lamborghini are in the group.
Internally, Seat is calling its new minivan a "multi-sports vehicle."
Seat also showed its new Leon Cupra R at Barcelona. The 225hp model will be launched before the end of the year. Other debuts included versions of the Leon and Toledo with 130hp diesel engines.