Seat’s new 2.0-litre turbo hot hatch comes in 261bhp and 276bhp forms, priced from £25,690

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.

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8 January 2014
...shame they aren't doing a Cupra ST

8 January 2014
Beastie_Boy wrote:

...shame they aren't doing a Cupra ST

I believe they are but it will be getting a later release date similar to the difference between the standard SC/5 Dr and ST. It may or may not be announced at Geneva as it would seem SEAT are going to use this event to focus solely on the SC & 5 Dr's performance going by the teaser video they released.

8 January 2014
Is that price correct - wow thats alot for a Seat!

8 January 2014
Glad they didn't decide to go DSG only. Very similar pricing to the Golf GTI but with much more power, can't help but think sitting a grand below might have been prudent.


8 January 2014
Golf GTI is 26125 with only 220ps. So the seat isn't bad value in my opinion. Golf R does start at 29900 - although think thats 4 wheel drive.

So 26940 for a top spec 280 cupra isn't too bad. Will eat the golf for breakfast.

8 January 2014
Should have been 4 wheel drive or is that to come (Cupra R ?)

8 January 2014
The equivalent A3, the S3, is around £31k for the Sportback but has 296bhp, 4wd and a higher quality interior. Do you spend £4.5k more than the Leon Cupra for the extras of the Audi (plus the badge) or save £4.5k for something that is still potent and will probably drive better, even with 2wd?

Probably no right or wrong answer, but the pricing of both is clever. And the similarly powered Golf R will probably make the choice harder while the pricing of the Cupra makes the Octavia vRS look a tad overpriced when you consider it's only got 217bhp, is only £3k less and is from the rung below.

8 January 2014
The Leon is better looking than either the dull VW or Audi clones and is cheaper and better equipped. How vain do you have to be to buy a Golf or Audi instead? They are all the same car as is the Skoda Octavia.

If you want looks get the Leon. If you want maturity and more space with your hot hatch get an Octavia vRS. And in both cases save yourself a huge amount of cash. As an added bonus if you don't buy an Audi nobody will think you are a c**k either.

8 January 2014
spqr wrote:

The Leon is better looking than either the dull VW or Audi clones and is cheaper and better equipped. How vain do you have to be to buy a Golf or Audi instead? They are all the same car as is the Skoda Octavia.

If you want looks get the Leon. If you want maturity and more space with your hot hatch get an Octavia vRS. And in both cases save yourself a huge amount of cash. As an added bonus if you don't buy an Audi nobody will think you are a c**k either.

This one was worth registering for.

How vain do you have to be? Simple answer: as vain as me.

Looks are subjective. I prefer the look of the Audi. That is why I buy the Audi. I buy what I like the look of. Has absolutely nothing to do with vanity.

I was worried that buying an Audi would make everyone think I'm a c**k. But I am a c**k, so probably best that everyone can tell I'm a c**k when they see me driving around in my Audi.

Nonsense.

8 January 2014
I've been called a c**k once or twice (even by people who I suspect meant it!) and I've a Seat.

Being a cock isn't just the preserve of you Audi owners, it's something many of us are guilty of, despite our choice of car.

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