Last year, SEAT set a front-wheel-drive production car lap record at the Nurburgring, with a lap of just eight minutes.
To celebrate the fact, SEAT released the optional Sub8 Performance Pack for the Leon SC Cupra 280, making it more-or-less the same spec as the record car.
SEAT has gone one step further, launching the Ultimate Sub8 pack. It’s a bare-faced retort to the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy-R, which usurped the Leon’s lap record within a matter of weeks.
To match the Renault, the Leon has been on a crash diet, if not quite as severe as is stripped-out rival. The climate control has been ditched for a simpler – i.e. lighter – heating system, and the centre console armrests, rear air vents, even the storage box under the front seat have been chucked.
Unlike the Renault, though, it still has back seats, normal front seats and reel seat belts. So it’s a much more practical proposition to use everyday. Although, not if you spec the semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The rest of the pack is as per the ‘regular’ Sub8 kit. So you get body-colour sideskirts, 19-inch wheels in orange or black and 30mm larger brakes with Brembo calipers. Cruise control, rear parking sensors and touchscreen satnav are thrown in for good measure. The only real choice is between the six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.
The price for the SEAT Leon SC Cupra 280 Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack? £4,200 on top of the £27,210 base price, £31,410 in total. That’s as much as £7,000 cheaper than the Renault.