The Seat Leon Cupra is the fastest production road car ever made by Seat
The new Leon Cupra range is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine
The new Cupra gets a sporty look, with larger front air intakes and bespoke 18-inch wheels
The Seat Leon Cupra will be priced from £25,690 when it goes on sale
An output of 276bhp in the Cupra 280 surpasses the 261bhp of the previous Cupra R
Four-wheel-drive versions of the Cupra come with a mechanical locking differential
With 276bhp, it's the most powerful series production road car in Seat's history
The 2.0-litre turbo engine will be available in both SC and five-door models
A six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission is optional
The Cupra 280 can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7 seconds
The Cupra will be offered in both 261bhp and 276bhp forms
A sound actuator is also included to enhance noise in the cabin
The new Cupra range gets new bodywork for performance-inspired styling
Cupra 280 models are further differentiated by an extra aerodynamic body pack and 19in wheels
The new Seat Leon Cupra 280 is set to be the most powerful series production road car the Spanish brand has ever produced.
The 276bhp 2.0-litre turbo-powered hot hatch will be offered in both three-door SC and regular five-door forms, priced from £26,940 for a six-speed manually equipped SC Cupra 280. A slightly detuned SC Cupra with 261bhp will also be offered as a base version, priced from £25,690.
A Cupra 280 equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission will crack the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7sec and reach a top speed limited to 155mph. Even the base SC Cupra model dips under 6.0sec to 60mph with a time of 5.9sec. The peak torque figure of 258lb ft between 1750 and 5300rpm is the same for both versions of the car.
That headline figure of 276bhp for the Cupra 280 surpasses the 261bhp of the Cupra R version of Seat’s previous-generation Leon, which was until now the firm’s most potent road car.
To help channel drive to the road, the front-wheel-drive Leon Cupra range is equipped with a mechanical locking differential. The steering features a variable-ratio rack, while the suspension consists of MacPherson struts at the front and multi-links at the rear. The electronic stability control can be fully turned off and the DCC chassis control system includes a Cupra mode to firm up the suspension. The Cupra 280 is said to be 55kg lighter than its predecessor.
Other features include a sound actuator to enhance the engine noise in the cabin, start-stop as standard and claimed combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 149g/km in its most frugal form.
The new Cupra range gets a typically sporty look, including larger front air intakes, a pseudo diffuser, bespoke 18in alloys and twin oval exhausts. Cupra 280 models are differentiated from base Cupras by an aerodynamic pack that includes a rear spoiler, 19in alloys and bespoke black trim inside and out.