Seat Leon Cupra 280 first sub-8 min production FWD

Seat Leon Cupra 280

The Seat Leon Cupra 280 has set a new Nürburgring benchmark for a front-wheel drive production car. The official announcement is being saved for the Geneva Motor Show, but Top Gear has the scoop for now.

As you can see the lap time is 7:58:44, which is pretty bloody quick, obviously. It also cuts almost 10 seconds off the previous best, set by the Renault Megane RS 265 back in 2011.

Seat recorded the lap time late last year with factory touring car driver Jordi Gene at the wheel. His Cupra 280 was fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox and super sticky (optional) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

[Source: Top Gear]

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2 Responses to “Seat Leon Cupra 280 first sub-8 min production FWD”

  1. » Geneva 2014: Seat Leon Cupra 280 Says:

    […] 280 at the Geneva Motor Show and in doing so has officially confirmed its claim on the unofficial front-wheel drive lap record at the […]

  2. » Volkswagen Golf R v Seat Leon Cupra 280 Says:

    […] The circuit in question is the tight and twisty Cadwell Park and Autocar scribe Steve Sutcliffe is telling the story. The Golf has a bit more power but thanks to its 4motion all-wheel drive system has a bit more weight than the Leon. Both cars share a 6-speed DSG. Remember, the Leon Cupra 280, for a brief moment, held the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring. […]

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