Go-faster pack launched for Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 that includes weight-saving measures and styling upgrades
Darren Moss
9 February 2015

Seat's Leon SC Cupra 280 can now be upgraded with a new 'Ultimate Sub8' performance package, which costs £4200.

Building on the Sub8 package launched in August 2014, Leon Cupra models equipped with the new package get 30mm larger Brembo brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres, new side skirts and alloy wheels, and weight reductions over the standard car.

Changes include swapping the standard Leon's climate control system for a smaller heater, reducing the standard audio system's eight speakers to four and removing the centre console armrest, rear air vents and front storage units. Seat hasn't revealed how much weight has been saved over the standard car, which weighs 1395kg in manual form.

Each vehicle will be built to order, with customers able to choose from either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. In keeping with the car's stripped-out approach, there is no options list.

Seat says the model mirrors the exact specification of the Leon that broke the front-wheel drive production car record at the Nürburgring last year - a record that was superseded by Renault shortly afterwards with the Megane 275 Trophy-R.

The Leon SC Cupra 280 Ultimate Sub8, which costs £31,410 in manual form, is £5020 cheaper than the Megane 275 Trophy-R, which costs £36,430.

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9 February 2015
To me the Seat still holds the record - wasn't the Megane a stripped out 2 'seater' vehicle & hence in a different category competing with proper sports cars !!!!
Academic anyway as the Honda civic type R will return to the top when released.
The Leon is a top effort at a bargain price, I remember lots of fun in my old Leon TDi 130hp which at the time I preferred to the original civic type R.


9 February 2015
"Leon Cupra models equipped with the new package get larger 30mm Brembo brakes"? A tad small methinks.


I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

9 February 2015
Frightmare Bob wrote:

"Leon Cupra models equipped with the new package get larger 30mm Brembo brakes"? A tad small methinks.

ha..well i guess if engines are downsizing, it was only a matter of time...


10 February 2015
....read it again Bob!

9 February 2015
If Honda got the Type R nailed it will beat them all untill a new Megane RS is launched at least.


9 February 2015
Why aren't they disclosing the weight savings made? For an extra £4200 I would want to know what those are! Bigger brakes and sticky tyres aside (sorry and different side skirts as well), it's very hard to quantify what else you are getting for that extra outlay! I would guess the maximum saving is probably something like 35kg - it's not the same sort of car when comparing to a stripped out Megane so I don't really get it, and I am not sure that getting rid of under seat storage and altering the climate system is enough - either go full bore or go home some may say, unfortunately.

9 February 2015
Instead of messing around with an established model (and getting into a meaningless contest with Renault)... Seat should been focusing on a sporty SUV and some kind of proper cheap sports car.
PS Despite the tragic boy racer add-ons, this still looks a bit dull.

10 February 2015
It will sell on looks alone, i just hope you can pick'n'mix with the options and not be stuck with or without options you want or don't want,price?,well,straying close to the next grade up in hot hatches,a bad thing?......no, not really.

Peter Cavellini.

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