The latest Seat Leon Cupra 280 has set a new record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The sporty Leon completed the demanding, 12.9-mile long track in 7:58.4 minutes. It is the first front-wheel-drive car to break the 8-minute barrier and therefore holds the record for the fastest car of this layout to tackle one of the world’s most demanding circuit.


The top speed recorded by the Seat Leon Cupra around the demanding circuit

The specific model used in the record breaking lap was a Leon Cupra 280 DSG, which also boasted the optional performance pack that includes Brembo high-performance brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

An average speed of 96mph was achieved around the circuit, with a top speed of 150mph recorded on the Tiergarten section.

Seat has hailed the latest Leon Cupra as a ‘new icon’ in the firm’s history as it is the fastest and most powerful car the Spanish marque has ever built, whilst still remaining a comfortable and competent family car.


The Seat Leon Cupra set a new lap record of 7:58.4 minutes around the Nurburgring

With up to 280 PS (276bhp) and extensive equipment, the Cupra also represents good value for money. This new hot hatch will be offered in both five-door and three-door variants on the Leon SC.

The Leon was on display at the Geneva Motor show this week in the form of the spicy Cup Racer that was developed by Seat’s motor sport arm. It sat alongside the new Mii by Mango, a new edition of Seat’s city car created in collaboration with the famous fashion house.

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