Video: Seat Leon Cupra 280 Sets Nurburgring Front-Wheel-Drive Record
Volkswagen loves records. It even makes the world’s fastest car in the Bugatti Veyron. Every other week the large auto group claims a Nurburgring record with Porsche, and it has publicly stated it wants to be the largest manufacturer in the world. VW certainly don’t lack for ambition...
Now we have new of yet another record from one of Volkswagen’s many subsidiary companies. The video we have here is proof that the Seat Leon Cupra 280 has blasted around the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. This not only makes the Cupra 280 the fastest FWD car to ever traverse the Green Hell, it also lays claim to being the first ever FWD car to break the eight-minute mark on the ‘Ring.
Two records in one go, the Germans will be pleased.
The car in question essentially a version of the Golf that is built with the Seat badge. It is built on the new MQB architecture that underpins the Skoda Octavia, third-generation A3 and the Mk VII Golf. The Cupra 280 version is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just under 280 horsepower. It is essentially the same engine that powers the Golf R, but without the added weight of AWD. Because who cares about torque steer. Needless to say, I want one.
Click past the jump to see the raw, unglamorized video of the run.
The above video has been finicky all day, so if it does not work, you can see it here.