The potent Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 has just set a new production car lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife for an estate.
The Spanish marque has revealed that the Leon ST Cupra 280 managed to lap the famous German circuit in a mere 7 minutes and 58.12 seconds. That puts the fast estate car above the likes of the 2007 Audi R8 V8 despite the Leon ST Cupra 280’s front wheel drive system. The 7:58.12 lap time is also 0.3 seconds faster than the hatchback variant which was once the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the Ring.
The Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 used in the record setting run was fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and the optional Performance Pack. A limited-slip differential is included in the pack alongside four-piston Brembo brake calipers, larger 370 mm front discs, 19-inch alloy wheels and semi-slick tyres. Behind the wheel was former World Touring Car Championship driver Jordi Gene.
Powering the car is of course a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 276 hp between 5600 and 6500 rpm as well as 258 lb-ft of torque from a low 1700 to 5600 rpm.