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.
When it comes to design, the front end features large air intakes, full-LED headlights, a rear skirt with its diffuser effect and two, sexy oval tailpipes. The alloy wheels are exclusively designed for the Cupra, while the red brake calipers and tinted side and rear windshields underscore its individuality.
Same sporty theme is found at the interior, where the Leon ST Cupra shows a sports steering wheel with shifting paddles for the optional DSG gearbox, aluminum pedals and entry sills, sports seats in black Alcantara finished with white stitching, full-leather upholstery and optional bucket seats.
The SEAT Leon ST Cupra 280 comes as standard with 19-inch wheels with a titanium paint finish, Aerodynamic Pack which includes the spoiler on the rear roof edge, Cupra Lettering on the brake calipers and black exterior mirror caps.
Inside, the trim elements are finished in deep glossy black or classic chrome.