Seat's estate version of the Leon Cupra 280 becomes the fastest production estate to lap the infamous German circuit
14 May 2015

Seat’s Leon ST Cupra 280 has become the fastest production estate to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife – clocking a time of 7min 58.12sec, the Spanish car firm has revealed.

This lap time puts the Leon ST Cupra 280 ahead of such high performance cars as the 2007 Audi R8 V8 coupe (8min 4sec) and the Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R (7min 59sec). The front-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra 280 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.1sec and has a top speed of 155mph.

It's also 0.3sec faster than the lap set by its three-door SC Cupra sibling early last year. At that time, the SC Cupra's 7min 58.4sec lap made it the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the 'Green Hell', until Renault's Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R clocked a 7min 54.3sec lap. 

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor developing 276bhp at 5600-6500rpm and 258lb ft of torque from 1700-5600rpm. Piloting the Seat to the new record was ex-World Touring Car Championship driver Jordi Gené, brother of ex-F1 driver Marc Gené.

The lap time was achieved in a standard front-wheel drive production model, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and with Seat’s optional Performance Pack. The pack includes a limited-slip front differential, larger 370mm brake discs with Brembo four-piston callipers, 19in alloy wheels shod with high-performance semi-slick tyres and colour-coded bodywork.

The car will make its world debut at the GTI Wörthersee Treffen festival from 13-16 May. It will feature a ‘Black’ performance pack, finished in dynamic grey with body-coloured side skirts and also sitting on 19in alloy wheels.

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14 May 2015
So are the RS4/RS6 slower around the track? Or have they not been included as they are called 'Avant' rather than Estate?! Makes a mockery of 4WD and all that extra power if this is correct.

14 May 2015
Read the story, Quattro! If Audi or anyone else thinks their estate car can do a quicker lap, they just have to put it to the test. Has to be said, though, that us a fairly sensational time. It seems that front drive hot hatches can be tuned to really nail the Nordschleife.

14 May 2015
...will it include the words standard specification (Renault).

14 May 2015
It is a fast time indeed, especially in [supposed] production spec, but it's a shame they're not all driven by the same person - a Stig for instance - so they could be compared properly. I just hope that this Nurburgring nonsense doesn't end with someone getting seriously injured or even killed as they push harder and harder. It's just not worth it ....



You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

15 May 2015
Bet the flat pack furniture in the boot took a beating. All well and good but really, what's the point of performance estates?

15 May 2015
May indeed be relatively pointless, but it makes for more exciting reading than any brags about cars doing this or that "whilst returning 78.5mpg" or whatever! The flat pack would of course be well and truly screwed by the end of the lap. Job done!

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