SEAT is making a statement at the legendary GTI Treffen in Kärnten state of Austria by presenting its new Leon Cup Racer. The Cup Racer provides a good glimpse of the looks and design of a SEAT touring car racer that is developed for a wide range of racing series around the world. The Cup Racer is based on the five-door Leon and comes in metallic matte grey with orange accents.
Sporting 18-inch racing wheels, the new Cup Racer exudes an amazingly powerful stance. The racer’s new front end is designed for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and maximum airflow to the engine and brake system. Its wheel arches, meanwhile, sports openings on the trailing edge, thereby aiding the cooling effect on the four-piston brake system.
The Cup Racer features heavily flared sills, a front spoiler, a smooth under body, a rear diffuser and a two-phase roof spoiler mounted on a support – helping the car achieve maximum down force for high-speed cornering.
The design DNA of the SEAT Leon remains complete in the Cup Racer. From the production model, the Cup Racer still carries the unique full-LED headlamps with the distinctive daytime running lights. The Cup Racer also sports the same roofline contour, characteristic lines and precise blisters of the side view as on the series-production model.
The Leon Cup Racer is powered by a two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that provides a up to 330 hp/243 kW of output and up to 350 Newton meters of torque. Power is transmitted to the front axle through a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission controlled from the steering wheel and an electronically controlled differential lock.
A special version of the Cup Racer for endurance racing can be fitted with a sequential racing transmission with a shift lever on the centre console as well as a mechanical differential lock. A Leon Cup Racer with DSG transmission carries a price of EUR70,000 (excluding VAT), while the endurance version with a sequential transmission and mechanical differential lock have a tag of €95,000 (excluding VAT).