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Geneva Motor Show 2014: SEAT Leon Cupra 280 breaks Nurburgring record

Published 04 March 2014

The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 has broken the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for a front-wheel drive car. SEAT used the Geneva Motor Show to make the announcement, which sees the title as fastest front-driver taken away from Renault.

With a time of 7:58.4, it becomes the first FWD production model to dip below the eight-minute barrier. The car used to set the lap time was a production-specification Leon Cupra 280 DSG, equipped with an optional Performance Pack that includes Brembo high-performance brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Formally announcing the record at the Spanish company's Geneva Motor Show press conference, SEAT President Jürgen Stackmann said: 'Our ultimate expression of the successful Leon formula is the all new Leon Cupra. It is the fastest and the most powerful car we have ever built and yet is a comfortable family car. The Cupra is our new icon.'

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