Seat unveiled today not one, but two Cupra versions for the new Leone coupe and hatchback. Both versions are powered by a 2.0-liter TSI developing 265 hp on the Leon SC Cupra and 280 hp on the Cupra 280, offered in coupe and hatchback versions. According to the Spanish carmaker, the 2014 Seat Leon SC Cupra hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and needs 5.8 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) on the Cupra 280 equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and 5.7 seconds on the models using the DSG automatic transmission.
The 350 Nm maximum torque of both versions spreads from just 1,750 rpm all the way up to 5,300 rpm, guaranteeing impressive pulling power and overtaking flexibility.
All the models have a top speed electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. Seat says that the Leon Cupra has a fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg UK), while the Leon Cupra 280 had a fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km or 42.2 mpg UK. The new front-axle differential lock significantly improves the traction and handling of this front-wheel drive car.
The system uses a multi-plate package that is hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled. Comparing it with the previous model, the new Cupra is 55 kg lighter. Regarding the design, we find a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new rear air diffuser, a rear roof spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and twin exhaust as well as 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Cupra 280 comes with 19-inch alloy wheels and can be distinguished by a rear spoiler, black exterior and interior trim. Pricing starts at £25,690 for the Seat Leon SC Cupra, while the SC Cupra 280 is priced at £26,940. The SC Cupra 280 DSG costs £28,225. For the four-door version Cupra 280, Seat wants £27,240, while the Cupra 280 DSG is priced at £28,525.