Spanish automaker Seat recently announced that its Leon ST Cupra 280 wagon has lapped the Nurburgring in 7:58.12 minutes, making it the fastest estate ever to go round the infamous German race track. Not only did the five-door missile manage to trump the AWD, V-8-powered Audi B7 RS4 on its way to snatch the title, it also outpaced its lighter and shorter hot-hatch stablemate by a few fractions of a second, despite the three-door setting a new FWD record last year.
At the helm was Spanish racing driver and Seat spokesman Jordi Gene, who commented on the blistering time in a press release, saying: “It was an indescribable feeling to get the best out of this car and to be the first to achieve this record.”
To help him eke out every tenth, the Cupra was outfitted with the optional £2,025 ($3,190 at current exchange rates, 5/14/15) Sub8 Performance Pack, which adds larger Brembo brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels. Gummy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a £460 ($725) option, were on hand for contact-patch duties. The wagon also benefitted heavily from its limited-slip front differential, which made the most of available traction offered from the front-wheel-drive layout.
“The Leon ST Cupra reinforces that an estate car doesn’t have to be a compromise,” said Dr. Matthias Rabe, Seat Vice President for Research and Development, in a press release, adding, “The [ST Cupra 280] is a sports car for the whole family.”
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Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 Is The Fastest Estate At Nurburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 17 May 2015 06:00 EST.