2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 breaks FWD record at Nurburgring [w/video]

Article by Anita Panait, on March 7, 2014

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.

The record was also achieved thanks to a driver who was able to handle such exceptional car. Driving the Leon Cupra 280 to the new record was Jordi Gené, official SEAT driver between 2003 and 2010 during the European Touring Car Championships (ETCC) and World Touring Car Championships (WTCC). Gené was also a member of the Leon Cupra development team at the Nürburgring.

The new Seat Leon Cupra furthers the already renowned emotional design of the Seat Leon. This was achieved by employing a new front end defined by large air intakes and full-LED headlamps as well as a rear end marked by a rear skirt -- with diffuser effect -- and the two oval tailpipes. On the sides, the new Seat Leon Cupra features exclusive alloy wheels, red brake calipers, as well as tinted side and rear windshields.

Inside, the new Seat Leon Cupra features a uniquely designed Cupra sports steering wheel with shifting paddles for the optional DSG gearbox. The new Cupra also features top sports seats upholstered in dark grey Alcantara with white stitching. The seats could also be availed in black full-leather with white stitching. Buckets are optional. Interestingly, the new Cupra features aluminum pedals and entry sills.

Meanwhile, the Cupra 280 stands out from the rest through the Aerodynamic Pack with the spoiler on the rear roof edge and 19-inch wheels in titanium paint finish. The Cupra 280 also features Cupra lettering on its brake calipers as well as black exterior mirror housings. The cockpit of the Cupra 280 features deep glossy black or classic chrome trim elements.

The Seat Leon Cupra also comes with technologies like dynamic chassis control, progressive steering and front-axle differential lock as well as Cupra Drive Profile. High-performance brake system and 18-inch wheels (19-inch for the 280) are included.

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