The new SEAT Leon ST Cupra 280 has broken the lap record for estates at the fabled Nurburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 7 mins 58.12 secs.
That time beats the previous benchmark set by the Audi RS4 Avant – a car with four-wheel-drive and over 160bhp more power. SEAT says a standard car with a six-speed manual gearbox and the optional Performance Pack was used.
Spanish racing driver Jordi Gene was at the wheel. Speaking to TopGear.com he said: “In high speed corners the ST rear axle is more progressive, and the top speed is higher with the better drag coefficient. What we lose exiting some corners we get it back in high-speed turns and on the straights. With the longer body here we can play with the rear end, to help position the car.”
SEAT broke the record for front-wheel-drive cars with the Leon SC Cupra 280 last year, slipping under the eight minute barrier for the first time (the Renaultsport Megane Trophy-R beat it a few weeks later). The ST is actually slightly faster.
SEAT will celebrate its record at the Worthersee show in Austria this week. It will also debut a new ‘Black’ Performance Pack.
Having stolen the record from a fellow VW Group brand, SEAT’s marker may come under threat in the near future if stablemate Volkswagen decides to set an official lap time in the upcoming 300bhp, 4WD Golf R estate. If you’re in the market for a smallish, fast estate you’ve never had it so good.
By Only Motors