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Seat Leon Cupra 280 Shatters FWD Nurburgring Record (w/video)

The Seat Leon Cupra 280 is the new FWD 'Ring master

Christian Seabaugh
Mar 4, 2014 SHARE

Seat Leon Cupra 280 Breaks FWD Nurburgring Record Details:

  • Announcement made at 2014 Geneva Motor Show
  • 7:58.4 beats lap by Renault Megane RS Trophy by 10 seconds
  • Car powered by 276hp 2.0L turbo inline-4
  • Average speed of 96mph, top speed of 150mph

Spanish automaker Seat announced this morning at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show that it has shattered the front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record. Using the just-revealed Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG, Seat pulled off a record 7:58.4 'Ring time, beating out the previous front-drive champ, the Renault Megane RS Trophy by almost 10 seconds.

Essentially the Spanish automaker's version of the Volkswagen Golf R, the front-drive Seat Leon Cupra 280 is powered by VW's ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which makes (you guessed it) 280 metric horsepower in the Leon Cupra, or about 276 hp. Equipped with a DSG six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and equipped with the optional Performance package, which includes Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the Seat Leon Cupra is capable of rocketing from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and churning out stellar 7:58.4 Nürburgring lap times.

Seat Leon Cupra 280 front Photo 2/23   |   Seat Leon Cupra 280 Front

Seat says driver Jordi Gené's Leon Cupra 280 DSG lap record was set on a dry 50-degree Fahrenheit day. Gené's average speed around the 'Ring was 96 mph, and he topped out at 150 mph at times, just 5 mph shy of the Seat's 155 mph speed limiter.

The Seat Leon Cupra 280's front-wheel drive Nurburgring record puts it in some pretty impressive company. The C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z51's best time around the 'Ring was 7:59. Our old Cadillac CTS-V Wagon long-termer couldn't even break the eight-minute mark, needing 8:12.1 to lap the track in wet conditions. The previous front-drive record holders, the Megane RS Trophy needed 8:07.93 to lap the 'Ring, while the previous front-drive record holder, a Chevrolet Cobalt SS, needed 8:22.85 for its lap.

You can check out a clip of the Seat Leon Cupra 280's record lap in the video below.

Source: Seat

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