We know you may possibly be contemplating that this is just another Volkswagen Golf clone. But what you happen to be in fact searching at is the new King of the Ring.
That is, as far as hot hatches go. Simply because right here in Geneva, VW’;s Spanish subsidiary Seat has confirmed what we reported a couple of days ago: that the Leon Cupra has taken the new lap record for front-drive production autos at the Nürburging. The Cupra 280 equipped with the new Performance Pack clocked a time of 6:58.4, generating it not only the quickest front-driver ever to lap the vaunted Nordschleife, but also the very first to crack the 8-minute barrier.
Based mostly on the same MQB architecture as the Golf, the amped-up Cupra version of the new Leon packs a 2.-liter turbo 4 available with either 261 or 276 horsepower, with 3 doors or 5, and with a 6-pace manual or DCT. Sadly we will not get any of these versions in North America – the place we’;ll just have to settle for the more powerful VW Golf R – but you can scope it out in the gallery of dwell photos over. Oh, you can also see what takes place when you connect that Cupra 280 engine to a washing machine in the video under.
Geneva, 04/03/2014. – SEAT presented its ‘Leon CUPRA Overall performance Pack’; at the Geneva Motor Demonstrate these days. The Leon CUPRA has previously proven its extremely sporty efficiency on the Nürburgring, the world’;s most demanding race track. It lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit in a time of 7:58.4 minutes, beating the earlier ideal time for front-wheel-drive automobiles by all around 10 seconds. The thorough, painstaking work done at the German circuit has been applied by SEAT to its series-production model, yet another of the brand’;s attractions at the Geneva Motor Display, where its functionality, compelling layout, everyday usefulness and leading-good quality areas it in a class of its personal.
The Spanish brand is also placing the new Leon Cup Racer on present at Geneva, the competition automobile created and built by SEAT Sport, and which will be the main player in the Leon Eurocup, to start in Might. One more attraction on the SEAT stand is the new Mii by MANGO, a vogue edition city slicker created in collaboration with the design label MANGO, existing in 104 nations around the planet.
SEAT is at the moment demonstrating extraordinary efficiency in its product sales figures. With 355,000 autos delivered around the world, the Spanish manufacturer accomplished growth of 10.6% in 2013, in a industry that shrank by 1.8% in Europe. In Germany, for instance, SEAT attained a industry share of 2.8% following growth of above 22%, placing it in the best 10. In United Kingdom, registrations of the brand increased around 17% and near to 8% in its home marketplace of Spain. The new Leon loved ones manufactured a main contribution to this accomplishment. No significantly less than 102,000 new SEAT Leon had been marketed in 2013, 44% far more than in the prior yr.
“SEAT plainly has positive product sales momentum. The new Leon loved ones is a important contributor to this development. We are about to create a second strong pillar of company next to the Ibiza household. We count on to carry on this success with the new Leon ST launched in the past months. 1st client response is extremely optimistic, with above twenty,000 factory orders presently because launch time period. We have momentum and program to proceed our development path in 2014,” states Jürgen Stackmann, President of SEAT S.A. “SEAT is a younger spirited brand produced in Barcelona. This youthful spirit is defined by 2 dimensions: we are style driven and we are dynamic. Our ultimate expression of the profitable Leon formula is the all new Leon CUPRA. It is the fastest and the most effective vehicle we have ever constructed and however is a comfortable family members auto. The CUPRA is our new icon.”
State-of-the-ar2rk technological innovation and gorgeous design, coupled with compelling overall performance and ideal daily usability – the new Leon CUPRA embodies SEAT’;s brand values in the greatest achievable way. With up to 206 kW / 280 PS, the new CUPRA is not only the clear best model in the exceptionally productive Leon family members, it is also the brand’;s most effective ever series-manufacturing car. And the quickest, as well. The Leon CUPRA’;s drive and chassis ensure precision driving exciting of the highest order. With its substantial equipment and superb high quality, the new CUPRA represents exceptionally excellent worth-for-income. This new sports icon from the SEAT assortment is supplied for the 1st time as a 5-door and as the Leon 3-door Sport Coupé.