Seat Leon Cupra 280 breaks Nurburgring record

Seat’s Leon Cupra 280 has become the quickest-ever front-wheel-drive production car to tackle the Nurburgring after lapping the Nordschleife in under eight minutes.

The landmark 280PS vehicle, a production-specification DSG model, was equipped with the optional Performance Pack which includes Brembo high-performance brakes, specially-designed 19inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

It raced around the track in just over 7minutes, 58seconds, becoming the first front-wheel-drive production car to dip below the eight-minute barrier.

“The Cupra is our new icon.”

Jurgen Stackmann, Seat

The vehicle, driven by Spaniard Jordi Gene, achieved an average speed of 96mph, with a top speed of 150mph on the Tiergarten section of the circuit.

Jurgen Stackmann, President of Seat, said: “Our ultimate expression of the successful Leon formula is the all-new Leon Cupra.

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“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.”

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The Leon Cupra 280 will be offered from launch as a five-door and as the Leon three-door SC.

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