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2018 SEAT Leon Cupra R is the brand’s most powerful road car

The last time SEAT gave the Leon range a refresh, it was given an extra push with an additional 10 horsepower, for a total of 300 horsepower. Despite the upgrade in performance, it was still a little less powerful than the Euro-spec VW Golf R after it went through a facelift. But this time, the SEAT Leon is at par with its counterpart from Wolfsburg, with the R version that gives it a total of 310 horsepower. That may not be that big of a difference, but it is still an upgrade.

Having said that, it will only be the six-speed manual version that will be getting 310 horsepower, while the DSG-version will only have 300 horsepower. Furthermore, just because it has an “R” badge doesn’t mean that this is an all-wheel-drive car. The range topping SEAT Leon will actually exclusively come with a front-wheel-drive layout. But if you would like to drive an AWD and have a larger trunk, you will have to deal with the 300 horsepower Leon Cupra wagon, which really is not that bad. Unlike the Golf R, the Leon Cupra R is going to be a limited-edition model that is only limited to a total of 799 examples, whereas the VW is a regular production model.

To make it stand out even more from its counterparts, SEAT gave the Leon range carbon fiber trim parts on the front and rear spoilers that come with larger front intakes plus side mirror caps finished in copper. The “Cupra” letting as well as the badges also get the same copper finish. The Leon had also been given Cupra R exclusive side skirts, along with the copper wheels and roof-mounted rear spoiler.

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2015 SEAT Leon ST Cupra is official ahead of Geneva Motor Show

SEAT surprised us today with the introduction of its all-new Leon ST Cupra, a high-performance version of its well-known station wagon. Following the same recipe as the Leon Cupra, the new 2015 SEAT Leon ST Cupra is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that generates 265 hp (195 kW) or 280 hp (206 kW) in the Leon ST Cupra 280.

Bolted to the DSG automatic transmission, the Leon ST Cupra accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds and in 6.2 seconds when equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the Leon ST Cupra 280 needs 6.0 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) when using the optional DSG gearbox and 6.1 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

Both models offer a top speed electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. Despite these performances, fuel consumption is just 6.6 liter/100 km when using the DSG gearbox and 6.7 liters/100 km when using the manual gearbox, equating to CO2 figures of just 154 and 157 grams. According to SEAT, the Cupra efficiency package includes the start/stop system and brake energy regeneration.

Read the entire article 2015 SEAT Leon ST Cupra is official ahead of Geneva Motor Show

2015 Seat Leon X-PERIENCE carries a starting price of £24,385 in the UK

The Seat Leon X-PERIENCE will be available from a starting price of £24,385 on-the-road. This four-wheel-drive off-roader compact SUV will be rolled out in 2016 and can be ordered starting September 1. It boasts of being capable in all road situations and poor weather conditions.

The Seat Leon X-PERIENCE still bears all the ST’s style and versatility, like its 587-liter boot, which increase to 1,470 liters when the rear seats are folded. The vehicle also features protection moldings on the door sills and wheel arches as well as aluminum look touches on the rear bumper and lower front spoiler.

Other features that make the Seat Leon X-PERIENCE as the ultimate Leon ST are integrated fog lamps and twin chrome tailpipes as well as substantial air intakes at the front.

Read the entire article 2015 Seat Leon X-PERIENCE carries a starting price of £24,385 in the UK

SEAT introduces Sub8 Performance Pack, White-Line and Black-Line for Leon Cupra 280

Back in May, the SEAT Leon Cupra 280 was the king of the Nurburgring for a front-wheel drive car as it lapped the well-known German racetrack in just 7 minutes and 58 seconds. However, the Spanish hot hatch lost its crown in June when the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R posted a time lap of 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

In order to celebrate this achievement, Renault released a limited edition Megane RS Trophy-R. Seat followed Renault and unveiled today the ‘Sub8 Performance Pack’ for the Leon Cupra 280.

The new performance pack brings better brakes, specially-designed 19-inch alloy wheels in black or orange as well as body-coloured side skirts for 2,025 GBP, including VAT. Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are available for 460 GBP, 540 GBP less than those available on the Megane RS 275 Trophy.

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The 2014 Seat Leon Cupra has just received its first tuning programme from JE Design. As a result, the Swabian tuning company is taking the Leon Cupra to another level thanks to the new distinctive wide body kit in the style of the famous Leon Cup Racers.

Available for a total of 6,188 euros, the new body kit consists of a three-part bumper attachement, front and rear wheel arch flares, side sills in carbon look as well as a new rear apron that features two molded diffusers.

As an option, JE Design offers the graphite matte complete wrapping in contrast with the red spoiler lip, grille frame, mirror caps, air outlet struts and wheel rims. The wrapping and the red accents are available for 3,570 euros.

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Seat introduced the Leon ST X-Perience, a rugged AWD version of its popular estate that will arrive on the market as a 2015MY. As you can see from the photos, the off-road capabilities of the 2015 Seat Leon ST X-Perience are underlined by the new front and rear bumper with protective skid plates as well as by the black plastic design elements that adorn the wheelarches.

In addition, the side sills are also covered in black plastic in order to complete the design. Furthermore, thanks to the improved ground clearance (15 mm) the Leon ST X-Perience offers improved off-road capability.

Under the hood, we will find a choice of three four-cylinder engines: a turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol that delivers 180 PS (132 kW) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque; a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine that delivers 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque or 184 PS (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque; a 1.6-liter TDI diesel with 110 PS (81 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

Read the entire article Seat presents the Leon ST X-Perience AWD crossover

The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 now holds the new lap record for a front-wheel drive car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife after clocking at 7:58.4. The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 also became the first fwd production model to breach the eight-minute barrier. The production-spec Leon Cupra 280 DSG was equipped with an optional Performance Pack that includes Brembo high-performance brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

SEAT S.A. president Jürgen Stackmann formally disclosed the record at its Geneva Motor Show press conference. “Our ultimate expression of the successful Leon formula is the all new Leon Cupra,”Stackmann said. “It is the fastest and the most powerful car we have ever built and yet is a comfortable family car. The Cupra is our new icon.”

The new SEAT Leon Cupra managed to post this impressive record on what is considered as the most demanding racetrack in the world. The car was able to achieve the record thanks to the technological precision of the Leon Cupra. The new SEAT Leon Cupra logged an average speed of 96 mph, with a top speed of 150 mph on the Tiergarten section of the circuit.

Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 breaks FWD record at Nurburgring [w/video]

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.

Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 make their debut

SEAT is set to highlight its all-new Leon Cup Racer at the six-weekend customer racing series SEAT Leon Eurocup. The SEAT Leon Eurocup will commence in May 2014 and will span six European countries, with a significant money pot up for grabs. Of course, the series will feature the SEAT Leon Cup Racer, which features 330 PS and an extensive array of professional racing technology.

Matthias Rabe, vice president of SEAT SA for research and development, remarked that through the SEAT Leon Eurocup, the carmaker offers an “interesting opportunity” for customer teams and enthusiastic fans all over Europe.

He noted that the Leon Cup Racer is an extremely high-performance race car, derived from the new generation SEAT Leon that has won critical acclamations from customers and motoring journalists. The SEAT Leon won WTCC titles for SEAT Sport in 2008 and 2009.

Read the entire article Seat announces Leon Eurocup, scheduled to be in May 2014

Euro NCAP has awarded the Seat Leon ST with a five-star safety rating, placing the small station wagon among the safest cars on the road. The Seat Leon ST joins the Leon five-door hatchback as a five-star car. The five-star rating came after the Seat Leon ST gained exceptional scores in all areas of the industry-standard Euro NCAP test, particularly in the adult occupant safety part (94 percent) and child occupant safety section (92 percent).

Helping the Seat Leon ST achieve such high child occupant score are features like front passenger airbag deactivation that facilitates installation of a rear-facing child seat. Also helping the small station wagon get high safety scores are the extensive use of high strength and ultra-high strength steels in key areas of the chassis.

The Leon ST also received two Euro NCAP Advanced awards -- for its lane-keeping assistant and multi-collision brake systems. Dr. Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice-President for Research and Development at Seat SA, remarked that the carmaker is committed to the “highest levels of active and passive safety in all its models.

Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon ST gets five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Seat has unveiled an estate body style of its Seat Leon small family car – the 2014 Leon ST -- at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will be the first time the Seat Leon line-up will offer an estate version, with sales set to commence in the United Kingdom in January 2014. The Leon ST is the third model in the new Leon line-up after three-door SC and five-door versions.

Seat eyes to set a price tag for the new Leon ST that is less than £1000 higher than the equivalent five-door. Although the Leon ST shares its wheelbase with the five-door hatchback, it boasts of a rear overhang that is 270mm longer, increasing its boot capacity to 587 liters when rear seats are up and 1,470 liters when down.

These storage figures are slightly inferior to the 605/1620 liters boot capacity of the Volkswagen Golf estate, with which the Leon ST shares its underpinnings. The smaller capacity for the Seat ST is attributable to the fact that the Leon ST has a sleeker profile.

Read the entire article Seat unveils 2014 Leon ST at Frankfurt Motor Show

Seat officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Leon ST, the third member of the new Leon family which now comprises five-door hatchback, three-door SC and the five-door ST estate. Of course, the design of the car is not new as we showed you the first photos with the new car last Sunday. As a result, we will take a closer look t the engines.

The 2014 Seat will offer fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engines with displacements ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 litres and output from 86 hp to 184 hp. All the engines are available with Start/Stop and Energy Recovery systems. According to the official press release, the 1.2-liter TSI petrol engine is offered with 86 hp and 105 hp, while the 1.4-liter TSI engine develops 122 hp or 144 hp.

If you want the FR model you will also get the 1.8-liter TSI engine with 180 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.6-liter TDI engine delivers 90 hp and 230 Nm of torque, while the 2.0-liter TDI has 150 hp. The FR model is also available with a 2.0 TDI engine that develops 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque.

Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon ST officially unveiled

SEAT has released a video documenting the development of Leon Cup Racer. Using time-lapse photography, the video shows the development of Leon Cup Racer, from its Leon production origin to the dynamic racing car that is ready to be fielded on the Goodwood Hillclimb in July. Racin teams from around world could now order the Leon Cup Racer, with the first units set to race at the beginning of the 2014 motorsport season.

Matthias Rabe, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at SEAT, remarked that the carmaker’s commitment to motorsport comes through the Leon Cup Racer. Carrying SEAT’s racing DNA, the Leon Cup Racer provides a clear indication of what a SEAT touring car might look like.

Leon Cup Racer has been developed to adapt to a broad range of racing series around the world. SEAT will continue to develop the Leon Cup Racer in the next months, with every costumer eligible to receive a full support package from SEAT Sport.

Read the entire article SEAT released a video on development of Leon Cup Racer

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.

Read the entire article Seat unveils new Leon Cup Racer

Seat will soon sell in the UK a four-wheel drive version of the Leon that will be built with right-hand drive, according to R&D chief Matthias Rabe who talked to Autocar at the Shanghai motor show. At the start, the ST estate version (which has yet to be unveiled) of the Leon will only be available as a four-wheel drive.

This ST estate version is actually scheduled to have its unveiling this September at the Frankfurt motor show. The ST, which will come with a four-wheel drive system that’s also used by the new VW Golf 4Motion, will be available in the UK before the end of 2013. Rabe also said that the Leon’s Cupra version, which is expected to have an output of up to 261bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, will be introduced before this year ends.

There are already plans to build three- and five-door versions of the car while the company is considering a project to build an ST version that will compete with the Ford Focus ST estate. Later in the summer, Seat will launch an Ecomotive version of the Leon.

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The next generation of Seat Leon Cupra may be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an output of up to 261bhp, according to an Autocar report that quoted a Seat engineer. It can then be concluded that the new hot hatch from Seat will be directly competing with the more performance-focused rivals such as the Ford Focus ST, the Vauxhall Astra VXR and the Renault Mégane Renaultsport 265.

In addition, it suggests that the new Cupra will leapfrog other MQB-based alternatives that are still to come such as the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, whether it’s in the standard 217bhp or 'Performance Package' 227bhp version. In order to appeal to more people, Seat will offer the Cupra with both three- and five-door variants.

It’s possible that there will be an estate version, representing an alternative to the Focus ST estate. The new Cupra will get a mechanical limited-slip differential so that it can boost traction. This is necessary when delivering 261bhp via the front wheels. The new power figure of the Cupra also stands for a major increase in output compared to the former generation, which featured a 236bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon Cupra will get 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 261 bhp

SEAT has now unveiled the full pricing and specification of the new Leon SC as it has already launched the car at the recently held Geneva Motor Show. The Leon SC has been aesthetically differentiated from the five-door hatchback and now comes with sports-shaped front seats as standard equipment. However, SEAT has given all models a £300 price cut.

The Leon SC has a starting price of £15,370 but it’s not just a three-door variant of the five-door hatchback. It’s actually a real ‘Sports Coupé’ that comes with an exterior redesigned from the A-pillars until the back.

The Leon SC has a stunning design with a lower roofline, a rear screen that’s more steeply raked, and its tailgate received a new design. This car has a bigger stance as rear blisters over the wheel arches were made bolder than those used on the five-door Leon. SEAT modified the shape of the rear side glass to move the visual weight of the car downwards, too.

Read the entire article 2013 Seat Leon Coupe UK pricing announced

SEAT’s all-new Leon SC three-door coupé has finally made its debut at the ongoing 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The SEAT Leon SC represent the second phase of the launch of the carmaker’s new model family, which will include a five-door hatchback, a three-door SC, and ST estate by the end of 2013. The Leon SC three-door marks a new ground for SEAT, since the model has never been available as a three-door.

SEAT sees the Leon SC as instrumental in increasing its sales since it will widen the carmaker’s market coverage in what is considered as the most popular segment in Europe.  Redesigned from the A-pillars back, the Leon SC is more than just a three-door version of the five-door Leon hatchback. Leon SC bears the look of a true coupe, thanks to its raked rear screen, a lower roofline, broad rear shoulders and a new profile for the rear three-quarter windows.

The Leon SC remains as practical as the five five-door Leon hatchback; as it features the same 380-liter boot capacity as well as outstanding front- and rear-headroom.

Read the entire article Seat Leon SC three-door coupe debuts at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Seat has presented a dashing three-door variant of the new Seat Leon -- the second model of three models to be added to the expanded lineup. The Leon SC (Sports Coupé) is based on the five-door model but it’s lower, wider, and shorter. However, it retains its 380-liter boot capacity. It also doesn’t compromise much when it comes to space for rear passengers.

After the Leon SC is presented next month at the Geneva motor show, it’s likely to arrive at showrooms this July. This year, the Leon range will be completed with the launch of a new ST estate model, before the introduction of hot Cupra versions of all three bodystyles in 2014. When compared to the standard five-door model, the Leon SC is totally fresh from the A-pillars up to the back. Seat decreased the wheelbase by 35mm to 2600mm.

Meanwhile, the roofline was lowered and is more sharply raked so that the car gets a sporty profile, which took inspiration from the Seat IBE concept car that came out in 2010. The lightest version of the Leon SC has a weight of only 1168kg.

Read the entire article 2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Seat presents the Leon SC (Sports Coupe)

Seat has commenced production of its new Leon hatchback at its Martorell plant in Spain. The new Leon hatchback is the result of EUR800 million (£650 million) in total investments, particularly in vehicle research and development, and production facilities. Seat expects the new five-door Leon hatchback, unveiled at last month’s Paris Motor Show, to spearhead its international expansion and to increase output at the Martorell plant, where it will be produced alongside the Ibiza, Altea, and Exeo and together with the Audi Q3.

The model is the firstborn of the new Leon model family, which by 2014 will include a sleek three-door version and a practical five-door estate. The approach adopted for the Leon mirrors the one employed for the hugely successful Ibiza range. The approach is expected to help the Leon become a key competitor in the compact segment in Europe, which accounts for 38% of total car sales.

The production of the Leon hatchback at the Martorell plant in Spain is expected to provide a big boost to the economy, as it ensures 1,600 jobs on the production line plus more than 6,000 throughout the supply chain. Seat expects that the introduction of the two new Leon body styles will provide new opportunities to create new jobs.

Read the entire article Seat starts Leon’s production in Martorell, Spain