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SEAT Leon Cupra smashes eight minute barrier on Nurburgring.
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SEAT Leon Cupra becomes Nurburgring record breaker

SEAT Leon Cupra becomes Nurburgring record breaker

The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 is the latest model to take a lap record at the impressive Nurburgring track in Germany.

It has become the quickest ever front-wheel drive (FWD) production car to take a lap of the circuit, clocking up a time of 7:58.4 minutes. It is also the first FWD model to finish faster than eight minutes. 

Jurgen Stackmann, SEAT S.A. president, said: “Our ultimate expression of the successful Leon formula is the all new Leon Cupra. 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.”

The car to complete the lap was not modified beyond the addition of the optional Performance Pack, which will soon be made available to UK customers. This provides Brembo high-performance brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. 

SEAT is now showing off the model at the Geneva Motor Show, alongside the new Mii by MANGO - a range-topping, fashion inspired version of the Mii.