Seat has launched two new versions of the flagship Leon hatchback called the Cupra and Cupra 280. Of the two new models, the Leon Cupra 280 is the quickest and most powerful series production car ever made by Seat. The Leon Cupra range includes five models starting with the standard SC Cupra, the SC Cupra 280, SC Cupra 280 DSG, Cupra 280 and Cupra 280 DSG. Interestingly, despite being exceptionally well powered all the Cupra models return 44.1 mpg average fuel consumption. Leon is a brand in itself therefore to surpass its high-set benchmark, Seat has fitted the Cupra range with standard features like a mechanical front axle differential lock, a progressive steering system, DCC dynamic chassis control, and two-stage deactivation of the electronic stability control (ESC). Also the Leon Cupra is built on an all new chassis, features a wider front track and fully independent front and rear suspension. Cupra actually stands for performance and that is well evident in the performance figures of the entire range. The Cupra and Cupra 280 gets the 2.0 TSI turbo petrol unit which offers 350 Nm of maximum torque starting from 1,750 rpm all the way up to 5,300 rpm. The Cupra equips a six-speed manual gearbox and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds. The Cupra 280, on the other hand, records a sprint time of 5.7 seconds with the optional DSG transmission. Every Cupra model can achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Talking about the key equipment, the Seat Leon Cupra range comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights, DAB digital radio, SEAT Media System Plus, aluminium front door sill trims with Cupra logo, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. Cupra 280, being the most powerful version, gets its distinct look from standard 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior mouldings and frames, black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra logo, black interior inserts, and satellite navigation.
|Model||Doors||Engine||PS||Combined mpg||CO2g/km||0-62 mph||Top speed||VED band||OTR price|
|SC Cupra||3||2.0 TSI||265||44.1||149||5.9||155||F||£25,690|
|SC Cupra 280||3||2.0 TSI||280||44.1||149||5.8||155||F||£26,940|
|SC Cupra 280 DSG||3||2.0 TSI||280||42.2||155||5.7||155||G||£28,225|
|Cupra 280||5||2.0 TSI||280||44.1||149||5.8||155||F||£27,240|
|Cupra 280 DSG||5||2.0 TSI||280||42.2||155||5.7||155||G||£28,525|