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.
For the exterior finish, customers have three options to choose from, including Midnight Black, Pyrenees Grey, and the premium and more expensive Matte Grey finish that is also exclusive for this model. That is not all, the SEAT Leon will be getting a number of upgrades such as a new exhaust system, modified Brembo brakes, as well as a modified version of the Dynamic Chassis Control system. The company’s engineers have also done some tweaking to the camber at the front axle.
This is so far the company’s most powerful road-going production car, and it will make its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this month to make its debut at the motor show. In other news, SEAT will be showcasing the new Arona subcompact crossover and the Ibiza supermini with a 1.0 TGI engine at the IAA. During that same event, the company is scheduled to announce the finalists for their upcoming SUV’s name that will be launched in 2018.