2008 Seat Leon Linea R breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The eye-catching Seat Leon series has been extended with the appearance of the highly exclusive Linea R version. With its powerful, irresistible looks, this new trim level increases the Leon's athletic appearance and the outcome is an exceptionally impressive vehicle whose appeal comes from its splendid design, exact detailing and efficient engine range.

There are two petrol and one diesel engine variants accountable for propelling the new Leon model. The first is the economical 170 hp 2.0 TDI diesel which, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates exceptional performance and provides lowered fuel usage figures, making it a tremendously attractive choice. The Seat Leon Linea R petrol engine series consists of none other than the 160 hp 1.8 TSI and the 200 hp 2.0 TSI engines, the second comes with either a manual or DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox for excellent safety and driving convenience.

The rear bumper fulfills a very important role by boosting the car's muscular appearance. It is broader than all the other versions courtesy to the extra distinct side ventilation slats and a twin tailpipe at both ends which has been customized by Seat Sport. The polished steel twin tailpipe not only gives the car totally new appearance, but it produces a distinctive roar that will send shivers up and down the driver's spine as if he were contending at the World Touring Car Championship.

Every feature on the interior has been meticulously selected to replicate the car's athletic identity, highlighting a fresh leather covered steering wheel, a round leather gear knob embossed with the emblem of "Seat Sport", a chrome surround merging it to the console and a cross-stitched gaiter in red. The Leon Linea R model is offered with three engine variants - the 160 hp 1.8 TSI Sport-up and the impressive manual or DSG 200 hp 2.0 TSI and 170 hp 2.0 TDI FR models.

The 160 hp (118 kW) 1.8 TSI motor is chiefly distinguished for its flexibility and economy. Highlighting direct injection technology, this motor generates 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm, producing an excellent in-gear acceleration - from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in 9.3 seconds and 11.8 seconds in sixth.

Ceiling speed is timed at 213 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 8 seconds and 0 to 1000 meters acceleration in 29.1 seconds; while the total fuel consumption figure is 7.4 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions are recorded at 176 g/km. Coupled to the DSG gearbox, the Leon provides performance levels equal to that of a competition vehicle. It attains a peak speed of 229 km/h, has an acceleration rate of 0 to 100 in only 7.2 seconds, and completes a standing kilometer in only 27.5 seconds, (both figures a tenth of a second faster than the manual).

The Leon offers in-gear acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in 7.8 seconds and 9.7 seconds in sixth, with a reasonable fuel consumption rate for such an athletic performance, an average of only 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers. The 170 hp 2.0 TDI diesel motor is outfitted with the DPF particulate filter and is joined to a six-speed manual gearbox that generates 125 kW (170 hp) at 4,200 rpm.

Engine torque measures 350 Nm from 1,800 to 2,500 rpm. With this motor, the Seat Leon attains a ceiling speed of 214 km/h, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 8.2 seconds, from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in 8.2 seconds and 10.5 seconds in sixth gear. The total fuel consumption figure is only 6 liters for every 100 km of travel, and at 159 g/km, this motor conform with the strict Euro IV emissions norms.

The Seat Leon Linea R chassis is not unlike on all trim levels, with the same independent suspension configuration, MacPherson with lower wishbone on the front shaft and multilink at the rear. The front stabilizer bar measures 23.6 mm and the rear bar 21.7 mm. The 160 hp 1.8 TSI motor version is equipped with 288 mm front ventilated brake discs and 255 mm solid rear discs; 312 mm and 255 mm discs on the 170 hp 2.0 TDI version and 312 mm and 286 mm discs on the 200 hp 2.0 TSI variant. The brake system on the Leon Linea R is outfitted with ABS and electronic braking distribution, as well as ESP electronic stability, which can be disengaged, and TCS traction control.

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