SEAT has confirmed its specification for the third model in its fire-breathing Leon CUPRA range, the ST CUPRA 280.
The hottest of the current crop of "hot estates", the Leon ST CUPRA 280's two-litre turbocharged 276bhp engine can propel it from 0-62mph in six seconds, before going onto a limited top speed of 155mph.
Inside and out, the ST CUPRA 280 retains all of the Leon ST's usual style and practicality, including its sizeable 587-litre boot, which rises to 1,470 litres with the rear seats folded at the pull of a single lever. Immediately distinguishable from other Leons, the newcomer boasts 19-inch CUPRA alloy wheels with titanium finish, red brake callipers, rear spoiler and diffuser housing two oval end chrome tailpipes, together with substantial air intakes at the front.
The CUPRA Drive Profile enables the driver to alter the car's suspension, steering and throttle set-up as the mood takes them. The performance theme runs through the interior with a CUPRA leather steering wheel and Alcantara sports seats, while auto lights and wipers, SEAT Media System Plus and DAB radio, plus satellite navigation round off its comprehensive equipment.
Straight out of the factory, the Leon ST CUPRA 280 is already a hot estate to be reckoned with. However, owners looking to create something even more special can specify the Sub8 Performance Pack. It includes even more substantial brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels in either black or orange and body-coloured side skirts.
The aforementioned Black-, Orange- and White-Line colour packs, will ensure the ST CUPRA 280 stands out for all the right reasons. Taking the standard car's looks to another level, it ensures the standard 19-inch CUPRA alloy wheels are picked out in black, orange or white, according to the chosen pack, with co-ordinating door mirrors and tailgate lettering. The front grille surround and door mirrors also come in the same shade, with the mean and moody look completed through painted brake callipers.