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2017 Seat Leon

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Facelift adds sporty exterior features and loads of new technology and safety equipment

The latest-generation Leon came to be in 2012, some 14 years after Seat launched the nameplate. The third-gen car brought many improvements over its predecessor, being significantly lighter and incorporating more technology. The exterior was also redesigned with sportiness in mind, while the interior gained better materials and a more upscale look. Sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3, the Leon also borrowed its drivetrain from its German counterparts. In 2016, the third-generation model received its mid-cycle facelift.

Although facelifts operated by the Volkswagen Group aren’t exactly comprehensive, the revised Leon arrived with many new exterior features, as well as a significant amount of new technologies in the infotainment and safety departments. The hatchback also gained a couple of new engine options, which make it a more versatile car compared to its main rivals, including the Golf it is based on. Like the outgoing model, the refreshed Leon will be offered in three body styles: the five-door hatchback, three-door hatchback (Sports Coupe), and the five-door station wagon (Sports Tourer).

The facelifted Leon will hit showrooms in early 2017, about the same time Volkswagen is expected to start selling the revised Golf. The Spanish hatch will face massive competition in Europe from the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i30, and Kia Cee’d, among other nameplates. Find out how it compared with its most important competitors in the review below.

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2017 Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17

2017 Seat Leon Cupra Evo 17

Taking the TCR design to a new level

Although overshadowed by the Volkswagen Golf, its platform sibling, sales-wise, the Seat Leon has been the more powerful race car in various series around the world. The TCR is one of them, having been set up after Seat designed the Leon Cup Racer, also the car that was used as a template for aerodynamic regulations. The increasingly popular series is still dominated by the Leon, which received an update in 2017.

Renamed the Leon Cupra Evo 17, the Spanish race car is more aggressive than ever. The hatchback sports bigger wheel arches, just like the Volkswagen Golf GTI TRC, a massive rear wing, and the copper highlights we’ve seen on recently unveiled Cupra road models. The Leon will continue to race in the TCR International Series, where it will face competition from Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Volkswagen, and many more carmakers.

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2018 Seat Leon CUPRA R ST

2018 Seat Leon CUPRA R ST

A better-looking alternative to the Volkswagen Golf R Estate

Unveiled in 2012, the latest-generation Seat Leon was updated in 2017 and gained the most extreme Cupra package to date for the 2018 model year. Less than a year has passed, and the Spanish firm gave the same treatment to the ST station wagon model. Introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Leon Cupra R ST is identical to its hatchback sibling, but benefits from a larger trunk, which makes it a full-fledged competitor for the Volkswagen Golf R Estate.

The compact wagon arrived with a rather awkward timing, just as Seat turned the Cupra into a stand-alone brand. Starting this year, the company’s high-performance models will no longer have a "Seat" badge, but their own logos, although they will still use the nameplate. However, it turns out that some Seat cars will still wear "Cupra" identification, including this new station wagon. Whether this will go on only until the current models are discontinued is not yet known, but if you want both the "Seat" and "Cupra" badges on your car, you’d better hurry.

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Seat Is Going To Have Its Hands Full Over The Next Few Years With New EVs and The Fourth-Gen Leon On The Table

Seat Is Going To Have Its Hands Full Over The Next Few Years With New EVs and The Fourth-Gen Leon On The Table

Even the Spanish automaker is getting in on electrification

Everybody’s getting in on electrification these days, and you can add Seat to the growing list of automakers that are making a push for the burgeoning segment. The Volkswagen-owned Spanish automaker is planning to release a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Leon as the company begins its push for more all-electric cars in the future. The new Leon isn’t going to be Seat’s first all-electric car, but the model that’s going to come after it will be. The yet-to-be-named model is expected to arrive in 2019 where it will be developed alongside Volkswagen’s ID hatchback.

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The 2020 Seat Leon Will Get Volkswagen Group's Newest "industry leading" tech

The 2020 Seat Leon Will Get Volkswagen Group’s Newest "industry leading" tech

Consider this VW’s way of beefing up the fourth-gen Leon as it prepares to compete against its rivals

The fourth-generation Seat Leon is getting first dibs on a state-of-the-art infotainment system that’s being developed by the Volkswagen Group. The new infotainment system is reportedly being developed with an eye towards improving its functionality to include certain abilities like updating maps, apps, and other features over-the-air. Once the system is used on the new Leon, it’s expected to filter down across the entire Volkswagen Group range.

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2018 Seat Leon Cupra R

2018 Seat Leon Cupra R

Spanish automaker makes its presence felt in the hot hatch segment

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and we’re already getting a steady stream of cars that will be in attendance at the event. One car that has our attention is a hot hatchback from an automaker that normally doesn’t get its share of the spotlight. Prepare yourselves as Seat is looking to take Frankfurt by storm with the new Leon Cupra R, the automaker’s most powerful road car in history.

The Leon Cupra R will be joined by the likes of the Ibiza and the Leon Cupra Evo 17 in Frankfurt, but make no mistake, the Cupra R will be the highlight of Seat’s booth, in large part because of its status as a limited edition model and its significance for the company moving forward. Remember, Seat recently filed trademark applications for a Cupra sub-brand, seemingly separating the model from the entire Seat family in hopes of turning it into a performance sub-brand. I can’t help but wonder then if the Leon Cupra R is more than just a limited edition hot hatch, but a preview of sorts of what we can expect from the Cupra sub-brand in the event that its separation from Seat does happen. For now, though, our attention should be on the Frankfurt-bound Leon Cupra R. With its credentials, the hot hatch has at least earned its place as one of the most exciting cars to hit the upcoming motor show.

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2017 Seat Leon CUPRA 300

2017 Seat Leon CUPRA 300

The Cupra comes to the party with more power and torque on tap!

The Seat Leon has been on the market for nearly 20 years and has evolved dramatically in the time. The third-gen model rolled onto the market in 2012, and for 2017, it was time for a much-needed facelift. With that facelift came an updated exterior, new exterior lighting units with LED strips, and a wider grille that now features a chrome surround to go with new wheel designs and some new color options. Inside, the facelifted model benefits from a new center console, an electric parking brake, and the addition of some new soundproofing for a quieter cabin. There was also the addition of a new infotainment system. There was a brand new three-cylinder engine added to the engine lineup, but what we’re really here to talk about is the new Leon Cupra 300, which as you probably guessed now has 300 PS on tap – an improvement of 10 PS over the outgoing model. Torque has increased by 30 Nm on the 300, and the estate version even gets all-wheel drive. Nice!

It should be noted that when Seat put together the facelift for the Leon, it was actually quite surprising to see the amount of work that went into it. Normally, the brand’s facelifts – as with anything from the VW umbrella – are very mild with just enough to let you say “Hey, there’s something different there.” But, the facelift was quite extensive. Be that as it may, there isn’t really much of a difference on the outside between the standard model on the Cupra, but there’s plenty of other stuff to talk about, so let’s go over what comes standard on the new Cupra, and why the new Cupra is worth your consideration.

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2017 Seat Leon

2017 Seat Leon

Facelift adds sporty exterior features and loads of new technology and safety equipment

The latest-generation Leon came to be in 2012, some 14 years after Seat launched the nameplate. The third-gen car brought many improvements over its predecessor, being significantly lighter and incorporating more technology. The exterior was also redesigned with sportiness in mind, while the interior gained better materials and a more upscale look. Sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3, the Leon also borrowed its drivetrain from its German counterparts. In 2016, the third-generation model received its mid-cycle facelift.

Although facelifts operated by the Volkswagen Group aren’t exactly comprehensive, the revised Leon arrived with many new exterior features, as well as a significant amount of new technologies in the infotainment and safety departments. The hatchback also gained a couple of new engine options, which make it a more versatile car compared to its main rivals, including the Golf it is based on. Like the outgoing model, the refreshed Leon will be offered in three body styles: the five-door hatchback, three-door hatchback (Sports Coupe), and the five-door station wagon (Sports Tourer).

The facelifted Leon will hit showrooms in early 2017, about the same time Volkswagen is expected to start selling the revised Golf. The Spanish hatch will face massive competition in Europe from the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i30, and Kia Cee’d, among other nameplates. Find out how it compared with its most important competitors in the review below.

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2016 Seat Leon Cross Sport

2016 Seat Leon Cross Sport

Struggling to make a profit for quite a few years now, Seat is in the middle of a massive makeover that includes new products for the brand’s entry in previously unexplored segments. Having launched both a new hot-hatch and performance estate under the Cupra 280 badge, as well as the 2014 Seat Leon X-Perience, a competitor for the 2013 Audi A4 Allroad and 2014 Skoda Octavia Scout, Seat is now preparing the launch of its first SUV, due to arrive in 2016. Meanwhile, the Spanish automaker unveiled the Leon Cross Sport concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

A hybrid between the newly introduced Leon Cupra 290 and the Leon X-Perience, the Cross Sport concept is a high-riding hot-hatch the folks over at Seat describe as "a performance athlete in high-tech trekking shoes." There’s no word as to whether it will spawn a production car, but we hope so.

Either way, the Cross Sport concept is likely Seat’s way of raising awareness about the company’s future, which will include at least a couple of crossovers by the end of the decade.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290

2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290

Seat’s Leon Cupra line has been making a lot of waves since the Cupra 280 seemingly came out of nowhere to set the lap time record for a front-wheel-drive production car at the Nurburgring in 2014. That record has since been claimed by the 2016 Honda Civic Type R, but Seat still proved something more important than a record lap time. It showed the world that it can compete with the best hot hatchbacks in the business. The success of the 280 is also a big reason why Seat seemingly fast-tracked the launch of its successor, the Leon Cupra 290.

Boasting all the standard features of the 280 and adding some notable upgrades on the engine and handling fronts, the Leon Cupra 290 aims to take the popularity of its predecessor to new heights, renewing Seat’s goal of hot-hatch dominance with an engine output that now eclipses that of the 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Cup-S, a similar hot-hatch that will share the stage with the Leon Cupra 290 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It’s only fitting that the Leon Cupra 290 will make its debut opposite the Megane RS 275 Cup-S in the same event. After all, it was their predecessors — the 2015 Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 and the 2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy — that battled for the lap record that now belongs to the Civic Type R. The Leon Cupra 290 looks up to it, as does the Megane RS 275 Cup-S.

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Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 Is The Fastest Estate At Nurburgring

Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 Is The Fastest Estate At Nurburgring

Spanish automaker Seat recently announced that its Leon ST Cupra 280 wagon has lapped the Nurburgring in 7:58.12 minutes, making it the fastest estate ever to go round the infamous German race track. Not only did the five-door missile manage to trump the AWD, V-8-powered Audi B7 RS4 on its way to snatch the title, it also outpaced its lighter and shorter hot-hatch stablemate by a few fractions of a second, despite the three-door setting a new FWD record last year. 

At the helm was Spanish racing driver and Seat spokesman Jordi Gene, who commented on the blistering time in a press release, saying: “It was an indescribable feeling to get the best out of this car and to be the first to achieve this record.” 

To help him eke out every tenth, the Cupra was outfitted with the optional £2,025 ($3,190 at current exchange rates, 5/14/15) Sub8 Performance Pack, which adds larger Brembo brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels. Gummy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a £460 ($725) option, were on hand for contact-patch duties. The wagon also benefitted heavily from its limited-slip front differential, which made the most of available traction offered from the front-wheel-drive layout.

“The Leon ST Cupra reinforces that an estate car doesn’t have to be a compromise,” said Dr. Matthias Rabe, Seat Vice President for Research and Development, in a press release, adding, “The [ST Cupra 280] is a sports car for the whole family.”

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2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra 280

2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra 280

In 2014, Seat stunned the hot hatch market with the Leon SC Cupra 280, a 276-horsepower three-door that lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes and 58.4 seconds, becoming the fastest front-wheel-drive production car on the German track. Although its record was quickly blown to pieces by the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, the Cupra 280 remained one of the hottest hatches released for the 2014 model year. In January 2015, less than a year since the Leon SC Cupra 280 set its record at the ’Ring, Seat introduced a wagon version to add more practicality to its halo hatch.

Equipped with the very same features inside and out, as well as an equally powerful turbocharged engine under the hood, the Leon ST Cupra 280 offers six-second 0-to-60 sprints and storage room of up to 52 cubic-feet. The Spanish wagon arrives just in time for the Volkswagen Golf R Variant, with which it shares numerous components , but, unlike its German sibling, it won’t cross the pond to the United States. Be that as it may, the ST Cupra 280 is a wagon worth looking into, which is what we’ll do after the jump.

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Top 10 Cars We Can't Have in the U.S.

Top 10 Cars We Can’t Have in the U.S.

The U.S. auto industry have given us some of the most incredible automobiles over the last 100 hundred years. Starting with the Ford Model T, the first vehicle mass-produced on moving assembly lines, and ending with the aluminum-bodied, 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, America has made a name for itself as one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers. Before the Great Depression, the U.S. produced over 90 percent of the vehicles sold globally, and after World War II it was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production. That’s no longer the case in 2014, when China manufactures nearly 20 million vehicle a year, more than both the U.S. and Japan.

Sure, these numbers don’t mean U.S. manufacturers have lost their touch. Just look at the new Mustang and Corvette Z06, and you’ll notice the brilliant engineering and the passion are still there. However, it’s common knowledge that global production works on different standards which restrict the availability of certain models in certain markets. It works both ways. Europe, for instance, can’t have many of the vehicles sold in the U.S., while Americans can’t buy cars made by a variety of European brands. Ironically, North American manufacturers have launched a bevy of nameplates that can’t be had in the U.S. And while most of them wouldn’t stir any interest on these shores, some vehicles have caused great frustration to the American enthusiast.

I’m going to talk about the latter. The cool cars we can’t buy and drive over various production or import issues, or even the manufacturer’s lack of interest in the U.S. market. Take a look at my choices below and tell me what you guys think. I narrowed the list down to 10 vehicles, so feel free to let me know which ones you think I should have included in the comments box.

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2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 Sub8 Performance Pack

2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 Sub8 Performance Pack

It’s a real shame Seat doesn’t offer its vehicles in North America. We’re aware the U.S. doesn’t need the Leon hatch and station wagon — essentially re-bodied versions of the Volkswagen Golf — but we wouldn’t mind driving or having the possibility of buying the Leon SC Cupra 280. With 280 ponies and 258 pound-feet of twist at its disposal, this Spanish-built hatch is one hot machine. So hot that it became the first front-wheel-drive car to lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.

Will we get it in here? Hell no! As much as we’d love for that to happen, it makes no sense for Seat to ship its models across the pond. Making things even more frustrating beyond the fact that Europeans get to toss it around, is that the British market has just gained a performance option for the hot hatch. Dubbed "Sub8 Performance Pack," the bundle adds a massive brake improvement to the Leon SC Cupra 280, while a set of new high-performance tires enhance the hatch’s track capability even further. Oh, the agony!

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2014 Seat Leon X-Perience

2014 Seat Leon X-Perience

Originally introduced in 1998 as a small family hatchback, the Seat Leon quickly grew into a family that included many iterations and a host of gasoline and diesel engines. The newest member of the lineup, the Leon ST, joined the ranks for the 2013 model year, shortly after Seat introduced the third-generation model. Only one year later, the Spanish manufacturer expanded the Leon family once again by adding the X-Perience model, an all-wheel-drive wagon sporting crossover-like visuals and an increased ride height.

Brought to life to bridge the gap between the Leon ST and Seat’s upcoming SUV — rumored to share the MQB platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan — the Leon X-Perience represents the company’s first venture into the niche. The raised wagon comes to tackle the likes of the Audi A4 Allroad quattro and Skoda Octavia Scout, all of which are crammed under the Volkswagen Group.

Naturally, the X-Perience won’t be much of a threat to the Audi A4, which serves a different audience in terms of pricing and amenities. However, the Leon X-Perience is a wagon most families shouldn’t ignore.

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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.

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2014 Seat Leon SC Cupra 280

2014 Seat Leon SC Cupra 280

While the North American market is prepping for the upcoming 2014 Detroit Auto Show, in European people are focusing on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which is set to open its doors later in March. Seat is one of many automakers heading to Switzerland, and it till bring one of the most powerful Leon’s ever: the new Leon SC Cupra 280.

As you probably have guessed it, the name says it all, as it will be a sports coupe with no less than 280 horsepower — get it, SC 280! This output will come from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Along with this powerful engine, the new Leon SC Cupra 280 will also be equipped with a sport suspension, a limited-slip differential, a set of 19-inch alloy wheels and a high-performance brake system. Seat will also install a sporty aerodynamic package and liven up the interior a little.

On the British market prices for the new Leon SC Cupra 280 will start from £26,940 - or about $44k at the current exchange rates.

Updated 01/08/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and prices.

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2013 Seat Leon ST

2013 Seat Leon ST

Seat will expand the Leon lineup with the addition of a new ST version. The model will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and Seat will put it on sale later in 2013.

The third member of the Leon family — next to the Leon and Leon SC — is defined by youthful, dynamic design and sporty characteristics, and in the same time it offers a capacity of 587 liters (20.73 cubic-feet) of cargo room, which is expandable to 1,470 liters (51.9 cubic-feet) with the rear-seat backrests folded.

The new ST version will feature the same design language as its hatchback sibling, except, of course, the rear end that was extended by 27 cm (10.62 inches). Despite its increased dimensions, the new Leon ST is just 45 kg (99 pounds) heavier than its five-door sibling, making it the lightest estate in its class.

The ST version will adopt the fuel-efficient TDI and TSI engine lineup from the hatchback variant and all the technology features.

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2013 Seat Leon Cup Racer

2013 Seat Leon Cup Racer

Today at the Wörthersee show, Seat has unveiled the new Leon Cup Racer - a model specially prepared for racing series worldwide. The Cup Racer is offered in two versions: one with a DSG transmission priced at €70,000 ($92,000) and the endurance version with a sequential transmission and mechanical differential lock priced at €95,000 ($124,500).

The Cup Racer version is based on the standard five-door Leon and feature a metallic matte grey paint combined with orange accents. The model is about 40 cm (15.71 inches) wider than the standard version and sits on 18-inch racing wheels. Seat has also installed an aerodynamic package that improves the car’s stability at high speeds. This kit includes a new front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a two-phase roof spoiler mounted on a support.

For the interior, the company offers a high-strength roll cage, bucket seats with a HANS head-protection system, a multifunction steering wheel and a high-resolution TFT display. Under the hood, the Leon Cup Racer gets a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 330 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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2012 Seat Leon Super Copa

2012 Seat Leon Super Copa

Seat will be attending the legendary Wörthersee event with another extensive display: the Spanish company plans to unveil some very cool concept cars as well as a bunch of vehicles that can already be ordered. Once such vehicle is the Leon Super Copa - a model inspired by its sibling racer from the WTCC and priced at 63,000 euro, or about $80,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new Leon Super Copa is powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-liter TSI engine from the Leon Cupra R. The engine delivers a total of 300 HP and a peak torque of 250 lbs-ft, sprinting the car up to a top speed of 155 mph. The engine’s output travels through a six-speed DSG transmission and mechanically locking differential to the front wheels.

The Seat Leon Super Copa features a special grey paint finish, while the mirror casings, wheels, and roll cage highlight the vehicle in a fluorescent orange.

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2012 Seat Leon FR+ Supercopa

2012 Seat Leon FR+ Supercopa

Seat UK has unveiled a very cool Leon FR+ Supercopa edition - a model inspired by the Supercopa one-make race series. On the British market, the new model will be priced at £22,530 ( about $29,417 at the current rates) - or just £750 (about $979 at the current rates) more than the standard FR+ version.

The new Leon FR+ Supercopa features a Seat Sport designed body kit that includes extensively re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler, bespoke BBS 18-inch alloy wheels, and unique chrome-tipped twin exhausts. The model will be painted in either Nevada White, Emoción Red, or Speed Blue.

The list of standard equipment will include: 18-inch alloy wheels; a new 2.2 sat-nav with five-inch color touchscreen, dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot; Bluetooth phone connection; bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System); and rear parking sensors.

The new Supercopa version will be offered with the usual diesel and petrol engines: a 2.0-liter TSI with 211 HP or a 2.0-liter TDI CR with 170 HP.

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2011 Seat Leon FR+

2011 Seat Leon FR+

Seat already offers an FR version of the Leon, but British customers are going to receive yet another version to add to their collection. The new Seat Leon FR+ comes with an even more powerful engine and a sportier feel than the standard model. Sales of the new model will begin in September with prices starting at £22,615, or about $37,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new Leon FR+ will be offered with 18" "Ibera" alloy wheels and the SEAT Media System 2.2. This media system includes satellite-navigation with five-inch color touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and SD card slot. Other features of the FR+ model include Bluetooth phone connection, Bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System), and front parking sensors.

The Seat Leon FR+ will be offered with two engines: a powerful 2.0 TSI 211 HP and a 2.0 TDI CR 170 HP. Both of these engines are combined with twin chrome exhaust pipes. Top speed will be limited to only 155 mph.

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2011 Seat Leon Supercopa

2011 Seat Leon Supercopa

Seat showed up to the Wörthersee meeting in Austria with six particularly fiery versions of their Ibiza and Leon models. One of these eccentric creations is the Leon Supercopa, a model that has been inspired by its siblings from the WTCC models.

The Supercopa is powered by the same engine as found in the Leon Cupra R - a 2.0 liter TSI engine - but its output has been increased to 301 HP with a peak torque of 250 lbs-ft. All of this power is sent through a six-speed DSG transmission and a mechanical locking differential to the front wheels. The steel disc brakes with six pistons per unit have diameters of 360 mm (front) and 256 mm (rear). The car features a pretty impressive exterior aerodynamic package along with a lowered ride for a more sporty impression. The cockpit is "the drivers" workstation for the single-brand series that has been running in Germany since 2004."

All races in the 2011 German SEAT Leon Supercopa will once again be run as part of the DTM program.

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Seat Leon Cupra R310 White Edition

Seat Leon Cupra R310 White Edition

Remember the Seat Leon Cupra R 310 WCE revealed back in June? It’s okay, if you don’t because we’re going to give you a little refresher anyway. The Cupra R 310 WCE was a special edition Cupra R limited to only 200 units and powered by a 310 HP engine. We are assuming that special edition did well enough because Seat has announced a second version of the special edition called the R310 White Edition. It was built as a competitor for the Focus RS, but the competition will only lie in Sweden because that is the only region who will enjoy the white model.

Based on the Leon Cupra R the R310 White Edition is powered by the same 310 HP engine as its previous brother, but it will be distinguished by a white body decorated with two-tone strips. Seat is also offering sport 19-inch wheels, bucket seats, and a sports suspension.

The price for this beauty is 34,000 euro. There is one setback, however. Seat has announced that any customer with the desire to purchase this vehicle will have to take a special driving course in order to learn how to handle the car.

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Seat partners with Shakira for special-edition Ibiza and Leon "Good Stuff"

Seat partners with Shakira for special-edition Ibiza and Leon "Good Stuff"

Seat may not be all that popular of a car brand compared to its competitors, but the Spanish automaker sure knows how to get the attention of each and every testosterone-laden man in the world.

The Volkswagen-owned car brand has joined forces with Colombian pop superstar and certified hot-stuff Shakira to release a pair of special-edition Seat variants for both the Ibiza and Leon hatchbacks.

Billed as the Ibiza Good Stuff and the Leon Good Stuff - the name, apparently, was taken from Shakira’s new album "She-Wolf" - each special-edition model comes with a number of engine options, as well as added goodies that include, among other things, a Tom Tom sat nav system, a black iPod Nano 8GB with Seat’s logo on it, Bluetooth hands-free capability, a multi-functional steering wheel, sports seats, heated side mirrors, fog lamps with cornering lights, and "Kenda" alloy wheels.

We’re not certain as to what extent the partnership is between Seat and Shakira, but we do know that the two special-edition Seat hatchies will play prominent roles as Shakira embarks on her Good Stuff European Tour.

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2010 Seat Leon Cupra R by JE Design and Kobia

2010 Seat Leon Cupra R by JE Design and Kobia

As we were saying yesterday, all of the news lately has been about football. Even in the automotive industry! For example, if England has its very own customized Pagani Zonda, then why can’t Germany get its own Seat Leon Cupra R tuned by JE Design and Kobia?

Je Design wanted to have a faster and a more muscular car. To do that they added a wide body kit that includes subtle wheel arch extensions, a new front spoiler with large air intakes, headlamp mask, a new center spoiler, new side skirts, rear apron, central diffuser insert, and a powerful rear wing with recessed logo.

Under the hood, Je Design updated the 2.0-liter TFSI engine’s output to 310 HP and 400 NM of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph.

The package also includes an adjustable suspension that lowers the ride by 44 mm and a set of 10x18-inch, black glossy wheels wrapped around 255/35 R 18 tires.

What’s a little surprising about this tuning package is that JE Design wanted to specifically target the car’s output to provide a speedier model of the Cupra R, but they only brought up the horsepower to 310. The only reason this is confusing to us is because we know they could have boosted it to 330hp as they did with another Seat Leon Cupra R back in March. Come on, JE Design. If you are going to try and go the extra mile for the World Cup at least give us everything we know you’ve got.

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Seat launches new Cupra R in UK

Seat launches new Cupra R in UK

Just nine months after we got a first look at the new Seat Leon Cupra R, it has gone on sale in the UK. The new Cupra R gets a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has 261 horsepower. That is a massive 10 percent more than the old Leon Cupra.

Of course, there is another Cupra that is faster than that. The limited edition Cupra 310 gets 306 horsepower and the German market will get the Cupra Edition, which will get around 282 horsepower.

Drivers will be able power away from the lights with the cars 258 pound feet of torque and the short-throw six-speed gearbox. All this power will allow the car to hit 62 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

With all that power, it’s simply astonishing that the little Cupra R can get 34.9 miles per gallon with only 190 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Standard features include stability control and traction control. There is also an XDS system, which retools the anti-lock brakes to mimic a limited slip differential.

There are 19-inch Potenza wheels that will be available in silver and white, a rear diffuser, a spoiler, and center-mounted dual exhaust tailpipes.

Our readers in the UK can expect to say around £25,205, with only 500 units available per year.

Press release and video after the jump.

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2010 Seat Leon Cupra R310 WCE

2010 Seat Leon Cupra R310 WCE

Seat was the World Touring Car Champion in 2009, taking both first and second place (Gabriele Tarquini in the first place and Yvan Muller in the second). To celebrate that success the Swiss division of the Spanish maker has unveiled the special edition Seat Leon Cupra R 310 WCE. There will be only 200 units built, each priced at 32,310 Euro.

The SEAT Leon Cupra R310 WCE (World Champion Edition) is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine tuned to deliver a total of 310 HP (up from the standard 265 HP). The engine was developed by the German tuner ABT. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 167 mph.

For the interior the Cupra R310 gets Alcantara Black / Silver sports seats and center console with chrome accessories. Of course, no special edition is complete without its list of "extras". Each car will be equipped with bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone Climatronic, a radio/CD/MP3 with 8 speakers, navigation system with touchscreen and Bluetooth handsfree, ESP ALR, RSPs, XDS and control system tire pressure, 6 airbags, and a multifunction steering wheel.

And guys, just because we are sure you are wondering who that divine woman is standing by the car; it’s Swiss race car driver and former Playboy model, Christina Surer.

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Next Seat Leon will get hybrid and electric versions

Next Seat Leon will get hybrid and electric versions

The Leon has always been Seat’s most successful model and it seems the same thing may be said with the next generation. According to rumors circulating today, Seat will use the next Leon as the guinea pig to offer its first hybrid and electric cars. Not a surprising statement considering the ties Seat has with Volkswagen and its Golf model. The Seat Leon was based off the VW Golf and with the Golf entering the world of electric mobility, it would be an easy transition for the Leon to make.

Seat is currently testing the first plug-in hybrid version of the Leon, known as Twin Drive, and a production version will follow in 2012 when this next Leon will be revealed. The Spanish manufacturer is also preparing an electric version that is rumored to use the same drivetrain as the IBE concept. This concept operates in a lithium-ion battery which works in conjunction with the drive motor and power electronics.

As for the design for the next generation Leon, it will be inspired by the IBE concept’s short, low, and wide shape. It will be offered in three and five-door hatchback variants, with a station wagon version also being a possibility.

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Seat Leon Cupra R by JE Design

Seat Leon Cupra R by JE Design

JE Design is wasting little time tuning Seat Leon Cupras left and right. After already providing us with the finely-tuned Seat Leon Cupra, they’re at it again after turning their attention to the more Cupra’s more powerful version, the Cupra R. The new tuning package will focus on improving both cars’ aerodynamics and performance.

The standard version of the Cupra R allows a total of 265 hp, but JE Design tuned the engine to an impressive 330 hp and 420 NM. Unfortunately, they did not reveal how this will improve the car’s performance.

The tuning package also includes: a complete bodykit, lowered springs or coilovers, multispoke alloy-wheels, sport-exhaust systems, and exclusive leather interior.

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Video: Seat wants you to show them your best freestyle soccer video to win an incredible prize

Video: Seat wants you to show them your best freestyle soccer video to win an incredible prize

We always hate it when errant soccer balls end up dinging up our cars but when you have someone like freestyle soccer player - and world record-holder - Dan Magness doing the kicking, the anger turns into something along the lines of amazement.

As part of a contest to win a VIP trip for two to the UEFA Europa League Final in Hamburg, Germany, Seat is inviting everyone who have any semblance of soccer skills to upload their own freestyle football videos

As inspiration, Seat invited Magness to demonstrate his remarkable soccer skills by attempting to kick a soccer ball into the open rear window of a Leon Cupra R hatchback that is consistently moving at a distance. Magness had five shots at the car and made three of them - not what we expected but impressive nevertheless.

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Seat Leon FR by Je Design

Seat Leon FR by Je Design

Je Design revealed a new tuning package for the 2010 Seat Leon FR. The package upgrades both performance and styling upgrades and is available for both petrol and diesel versions.

For the petrol version, the TFSI-engine has been upgraded to deliver a total of 270 hp and 355 NM. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint is now made in 6.2 seconds. For the diesel version, the tuner has added a Can-Tronic boosts that updates the output to 204 hp and the torque to 380 NM. The 0 to 60 mph sprint went down to 7.6 seconds.

The aerodynamics package includes: bold headlight blends, LED daytime running lights, front spoiler with the double lip, side skirts, rear skirt attachment, center diffuser attachment, four-pipe exhaust system and 19inch wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Seat Leon Cupra R

2010 Seat Leon Cupra R

The Spanish arm of the Volkswagen family, Seat has just added a new version to its sporty Leon lineup of hot hatches to make the all new factory tuned Seat Leon Cupra R the most powerful vehicle in the automaker’s history because it is powered by a 2.0 Liter TSI engine that produces a maximum output of 265 HP that allows the Spanish sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.

The car’s increased performance under the hood is only accentuated by the new ten spoke 19 inch rims that are actually five pair of skinny split spokes that hide the large red brake calipers behind them. Both the front grill and rear hatch get a distinctive R badge complete with trailing checkered flag to let the world know that this is a special kind of Leon Cupra no matter whether you are coming at it head on or watching the Seat get smaller and smaller as it zooms on by.

The interior of the Seat Leon Cupra R is upgraded with a sporty set of bucket seats wrapped in grippy grey Alcantara upholstery, while the instrument cluster is lit up by a series of white LEDs. As far as the drivers tactile connection to the car is concerned, Seat has fitted the most powerful Cupra with a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and some sporty aluminum pedals to make this car look as good as it goes.

UPDATE 06/21/2010: Just nine months after we got a first look at the new Seat Leon Cupra R, it has gone on sale in the UK. The new Cupra R gets a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that has 261 horsepower. That is a massive 10 percent more than the old Leon Cupra.

Press release after the jump.

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Seat leon Cupra by JE Design

Seat leon Cupra by JE Design

The German tuning firm JE Design has a long history modifying every member of the Volkswagen Family, all the way from Audi to Skoda. Well the small design house has just released details on their latest customization package for the Spanish built Seat Leon Cupra, a car that won the FIA World Touring Car Championship outright in 2008 with a TDI power plant. The new package from JE Design adds a bit of that attitude from the race car to the ordinary lion’s performance and styling.

On the outside JE keeps things simple with a straight forward ground effects package starting off with a front spoiler to close off the bottom of the Cupra’s wide mouth front bumper. This if followed by a pair of sculpted side skirts that bring the body closer to the ground visually and add some extra scoops to the Seat’s body. Out back JE Design incorporates a rear skirt attachment and diffuser inserts with a wild wing on top to transform the Cupra into a truly hot hatch.

Not wanting to leave the Leon all show and no go, so JE upgraded TSFI power plant to make a maximum out of 285 HP and 283 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Seat Leon Cupra to go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5.9 seconds, half a second faster then the factory version, while the car’s top speed is raised to a tested 162 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon by Je Design

2009 Seat Leon by Je Design

The artisans from J.E. Design have unleashed their paintbrushes on another one of the European exclusive members of the Volkswagen Family. The SEAT Leon recently underwent some reconstructive surgery in order to give the Spanish sports car a facelift. J.E. takes the entire process a step further with a complete reworking of the Leon’s exterior.

The tuners started out with a ground effects kit consisting of a set of side skirts as well as new front and rear aprons that bring the body closer to the road. Out front the factory SEAT grill has been replaced by a badge less matte black mesh unit. Above the driver’s head sits a rally inspired roof scoop which is quite possibly more about form than function, and finishing off the bodywork, J.E. has added a very racy rear wing.

J.E. equips the Leon with their signature rim in sizes ranging from 17 inches to 19 inches in diameter. Wheel gap is decreased thanks to a set of sport lowering springs, but even more ride height adjustment is available with a set of J.E. Design coil-overs. Finishing off the tuning package is a free flowing stainless steel exhaust that gives off a distinguished roar to let people know that something special is approaching. As soon as the new Leon hits the market, J.E. will be waiting with their aero kit.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon Cupra

2009 Seat Leon Cupra

Want an Audi S3, but can’t swing the cash? Well then the Volkswagen Group’s Spanish bargain-basement brand may be able to help. There is one catch: just like the S3, this car is not available in the U.S.

The Seat Leon shares a platform with the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3, so bolting the S3’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to make a Leon Cupra was an easy fix. Audi fans don’t get too scared, while the Leon Cupra makes 240 hp, the S3’s price premium buys an extra 21 hp.

The S3 also keeps the quattro all-wheel drive system exclusive. Instead the Leon Cupra keeps the front wheel drive setup of the lesser models, but that does also include XDS and ESP traction control/performance enhancing systems. The whole package is good for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon

2009 Seat Leon

First revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2009 Leon features even more personality and extensive technological improvements. For 2009 the Leon is being offered in 19 different versions with nine different engines, five petrol and four Diesel, four different gearboxes (five and six-speed manual, and six and seven-speed DSG), and three trim levels – Reference, Style and Sport, in addition to a new entry version and the sportiest FR model.

The base version is powered by a 1,4 liters four-cylinders engine that delvers 85 hp; next is a 1,6 petrol engine with 102 hp; a 1,4 TSI four-cylinder turbo-charged engine with 125 hp. The FR version gets a 2.0 TSI engine with 211 hp.

The diesel line-up include: a 2.0-litre, four cylinder engine that delivers 170 hp, a 140 hp 2.0 TDI, 90 hp 1.9 TDI with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 105 hp 1.9 TDI with 5-speed manual or 6-speed DSG, and the 105 hp 1.9 TDI ECOMOTIVE, with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon and Altea

2009 Seat Leon and Altea

Seat announced the debut of the facelift version of the Leon and Altea at the Geneva Motor Show. In the same way as the fourth generation Ibiza and the new Exeo, the Arrow Design concept defines the exterior looks of the 2009 León and Altea. They both clearly reflect the silhouettes of the previous models, but contain interesting new design details.

The broad engine range on the new León, Altea and Altea XL models includes a total of 10 different choices – five petrol and five Diesel. They have all undergone a significant evolution in every aspect, with special mention to performance and a reduction in fuel consumption figures and emissions levels.

The powerful 211 hp 2.0 TSI engine steals the spotlight in the petrol engine range, while the great novelty among the Diesel choices is the arrival of common rail technology to the 170 hp 2.0 TDI engine. Furthermore, all the versions equipped with the DSG automatic sequential gearbox, now also available on the seven-speed 160 hp 1.8 TSI, feature shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive project

2009 Seat Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive project

Going electric is not just a GM or a Tesla thing. Spanish automaker Seat revealed today its own all electrically-driven vehicle prototype. We’re talking about the Leon Twin Drive Ecomotive vehicle equipped with a lithium-ion battery for urban circuits, connected ingeniously to an internal combustion engine for interurban trips, with optimum consumption level.

The traditional combustion engine has been replaced by an electric one that develops 46 hp and helps the car to hit a top speed of 62 mph. Th autonomy of this car is 31 miles.

The Twin Drive Ecomotive project is a first step towards a 100% electric car, and consists of the development of a hybrid vehicle combining the well-tested efficiency of SEAT’s Ecomotive cars with the advantages offered by electrical propulsion.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Seat Leon Linea R

2009 Seat Leon Linea R

Seat, the Spanish cousin in the Volkswagen family, is not always missed on these shores, but this is different. This week it revealed a sportier version of the Leon hatchback: the Linea R. Like most Seats, this reaches deep into VW’s parts bin, and in this case it came up with a few winners.

The car comes with the option of two gas engines a 160 hp 1.8 TSI and 200 hp 2.0 TSI from the GTI. The 2.0 can be had with either a manual or DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox. If you still need an oil burner, a 170 hp 2.0 TDI diesel can also be had.

Standard equipment include: ABS and TCS, ESP, low tyre pressure warning, double front airbag, side front airbags and headbags, foglights, dual zone climate control, cruise control, CD MP3 radio and aux-in, and 8 speakers.

Press release after the jump.

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Seat Leon 1 P Carbon-Look by Je Design

Seat Leon 1 P Carbon-Look by Je Design

Although Je Design already unveiled its customization program for the Euro-only Seat Leon, the German tuning company updated today its kit for the Leon. The new program includes a carbon foil in various color serving as an alternative paint, new daytime running LEDs, and a new ECU tweaking boosting the 2.0-liter diesel engine from 140 hp to 175 hp and 405 Nm of torque.

Customers who want more can choose from five wheel-sets, measuring 17, 18 and 19 inches fitted with 225/35 R 19 Y tires. Regarding the old kit, everything remained the same: re-designed front bumper, side skirts and a custom built rear bumper with integrated 4-pipe exhaust system.

More details after the jump.

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Seat Leon 1P by RDX Racedesign

Seat Leon 1P by RDX Racedesign

Since is nice to keep tabs on carmakers even if you can’t but their products in the U.S., it’s also good to see how they are being modified. RDX Racedesign has a new body kit for the Seat Leon 1P. The new kit consists in a new front bumper, with integrated daytime running LEDs just like the Audi S6, new turbo-look side skirts and a re-designed rear bumper with integrated rear air diffuser and central exhaust system. Price of the kit: 790 euros or $1,167. And of course, all the parts come with TUV approval.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Seat Leon Linea R

2008 Seat Leon Linea R

Seat presented in Madrid a new version for the Leon. Named Linea R, the new sporting package comes to complete the already rich offer of the Spanish maker.

Linea R will join versions like FR powered by either a 2.0 liters TFSI engine or s 2.0 liter TDI engine and the Sport-Plus powered by a 1,8 liters TFSI engine that delivers 160 hp.

Linea R is a new body kit offered for the Leon. On the exterior it includes sporty double exhaust, new aileron that continues from the roof, 18" alloy wheels. On the interior it features aluminum decorations that want to brighten the black interior, steering-wheel covered in leather.

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2008 Seat Leon Copa

2008 Seat Leon Copa

The Seat Leon Copa is a special edition created with the ocassion of the SEAT Leon Supercopa season that will take place this week-end at the Hockenheimring. The Leon Copa will be limited to only 55 units.

The Leon Copa will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo FSI engine developing 285 hp and 360 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 157 mph and can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds.

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April Fool's Day in brief

April Fool’s Day in brief

April 1st was a very interesting day regarding automotive news. We can’t tell you for sure if the things are for real or not, but we will let you be the judge of that! It all started with the Kia KEE_wii, a concept that incorporates a new, dynamic and more involving drive system, called Dynamic On-Road Kinetics.

And then it was the Smart Two tuning kit by RENNTECH. It is powered by two (2) 1000cc, 3 cyl. Smart engines, each mated to its own 5-speed, automated transmission. The end result is a twin-engined, 182 hp AWD street machine that zips from zero to sixty in an astonishing (and terrifying!) 5.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 138 mph.

And the big of all is the special paint from Seat which constantly adapts to mimic the car’s surroundings.

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Seat unveils electro reflective exterior

Seat unveils electro reflective exterior

Seat, the innovative brand of VW, revealed today something unique. We don’t know exactly if this is a trick due to April Fool’s day, but according to the Spanish manufacturer an elite team of technicians working at the company developed a special paint which constantly adapts to mimic the car’s surroundings.

Unfortunately this can’t be catalogated as a great invention because cars wearing this technology will be hard to see in traffic. An interesting question would be: will the car ever be caught on the speeding camera?

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2008 Seat Leon FR550

2008 Seat Leon FR550

Seat UK revealed a new race-bred Leon special edition: the Leon FR550 - ‘550’ representing the total number of these models being made available. The new FR550 is based on the popular Leon FR TDI, with a raft of unique styling and equipment additions ensuring it looks every inch the track star.

Under the bonnet, and continuing the diesel theme, the ‘550’ shares the same 170 PS, turbo charged 2.0-litre TDI that powers the Leon FR TDI. Performance, therefore, is distinctly spirited.

This 135 mph car blasts from rest to 62 mph in a mere 8.2 seconds, yet is also capable of offering fully 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle, and as much as 56.5 mpg out of town. All this, and CO2 emissions of just 161 g/km, add up to a tempting ‘hot hatch with a conscience’.

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2008 SEAT Leon Cupra K1

2008 SEAT Leon Cupra K1

Seat UK today added a new limited edition to the Leon Cupra line-up: the K1, a styling kit version that adds to the model an even more sporty look. The body kitted K1 costs £20,495.

The SEAT Leon Cupra K1 features extensively re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler and unique chrome-tipped, centrally-mounted, oval exhaust. It is offered in a range of eye-catching colors: Inferi Black, Emocion Red, Luna Grey and Candy White.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Seat Leon Ecomotive

2008 Seat Leon Ecomotive

Seat unveiled the Leon Ecomotive, a model powered by a 1.9 TDI engine that has a fuel consumption of 3.7 litres per 100 kilometers and a CO2 emission of 119 g/km.

The 1.9 TDI engine delivers 105 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,900 rpm. The new model’s dynamic capability has even been improved, giving 1 km/h faster top speed, while 0 to 100 km/h acceleration is 0.4 seconds and 0 to 1,000 metre acceleration is 0.6 seconds faster - or 186 km/h, 10.9 seconds and 32.6 seconds respectively.

The new Leon has been fitted with a DPF particulate filter as standard equipment, filtering the typical (but small amount of) soot particles that most diesel engines produce. When left unfiltered, these particles remain in suspension and attract other harmful elements. Approximately 0.3% of diesel engine emissions are made up of gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide, and nitric acids as well as soot.

The Leon Ecomotive comes standard with 195/65 tyres on 15 inch wheels or 205/55 tyres on 16 inch wheels.

It is available in two different trim levels: Reference and Stylance. A sport version will also be available: Sport Limited version builds on Reference with sport seats, leather steering wheel, 16 inch alloy wheels, foglamps and black door handles.

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Seat Leon "Wide Body" by JeDesign

Seat Leon "Wide Body" by JeDesign

JE DESIGN well-known as a SEAT tuning specialist, is now presenting the highlight of its Leon suite - a wide body with wing doors. JE DESIGN also gives the new turbo-charged petrol engine an extra boost.

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2008 Seat Leon Cupra Candy White

2008 Seat Leon Cupra Candy White

When it comes to the haute couture topic of car colors, it seems that white is set to be the must-have shade among the beautiful people. Never mind the outdated image of ‘three-month white’ – the time skeptical car dealers once reckoned a vehicle would sit, unloved and unsold, on their forecourt before heading off to the auctions. Today, white is being tipped as the hot hue among buyers keen to show they’re more Prada than Primark.

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Seat Leon Cupra & Golf GTI powered by O.CT.

Seat Leon Cupra & Golf GTI powered by O.CT.

The Austrian Tuner O.CT Oberscheider Tuning presents a new engine upgrade for the Seat Leon Cupra and VW Golf GTI. The standard output can be increased from 200 and 240 horsepower, up to 315 horsepower.

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2008 Seat Leon 1.4 TSI

2008 Seat Leon 1.4 TSI

Starting this month the León ranges has been extended with the 125 hp 1.4 TSI engine. This engine fills the gap between the 102 hp 1.6 and the 160 hp 1.8 TSI versions in the petrol range.

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2007 Seat AIDE Project

2007 Seat AIDE Project

SEAT is attending the PReVENT exhibition, which focuses on information and communication technologies dedicated to road safety, taking place from 18 to 22 September in Versailles, France. The exhibition features the development of several collaboration projects among European institutions and universities which mainly focus on road safety.

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Seat Leon 1 P "CUPRA" by JE DESIGN

Seat Leon 1 P "CUPRA" by JE DESIGN

Following modifications for the newly launched Leon FR, JE DESIGN German Leingarten tuners, well-known refiners for SEAT, now resolve to take on the Spanish in the completion of the „CUPRA".

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2007 Seat Leon FR 2.0 TFSI

2007 Seat Leon FR 2.0 TFSI

The new León FR 2.0 TFSI with DSG gearshift is now available across the SEAT sales network. This transmission set-up includes steering wheel mounted shift paddles for the first time on a SEAT model, adding a sporty feel to manual speed changes, as well as the comfort and safety of not having to release the steering wheel.

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Seat Leon by Mattig

Seat Leon by Mattig

The German Tuning Specials, Mattig is offering different attachments for the Seat Leon type 1P. They add different wheels and a thread chassis. The want the Leon to look more sportly and more easy to drive.
The Seat Leon receives new headlights (39.90 euro), new front grill without emblem (89.90 euro) and a new sportier Mattig spoiler front apron (349.00 euro). At the back, Mattig adds a new tail apron (279 euro), suitable covers for the taillights (79,90. - Euro) and a tail spoiler lip (...)

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Shakira signs the León Pies Descalzos

Shakira signs the León Pies Descalzos

In a press conference today at the Geneva Motor Show, Shakira appeared on the SEAT stand together with the president of SEAT, Erich Schmitt. “I have been having a lot of fun so far during the tour even if I “caught the fever” for real for a while”, commented Shakira. “I didn’t expect to follow the tour slogan Catch the Fever so literally. However, I will certainly return with SEAT to these cities before I end my tour in Europe.”
“Shakira is enhancing the positive trend we see for the SEAT (...)

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Shakira unveils the SEAT León Pies Descalzos

Shakira unveils the SEAT León Pies Descalzos

Shakira unveils the SEAT León Pies Descalzos in Berlin
A SEAT León Cupra “designed by Shakira” prize in fundraising campaign SEAT demonstrates social responsibility Massive SEAT advertising campaign to carry charity message
At a press conference in the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, SEAT and Shakira presented the prize in the fundraising campaign for Shakira’s charity foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), a unique SEAT León appropriately called León Pies Descalzos. “The (...)

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Seat Leon recives Sport Limited edition

Seat Leon recives Sport Limited edition

The Seat Leon recives a new version in his offert :the "Sport Limited" version. with an equipment that makes it more attractive for those who look for more sporty in combination with the engines from the base of the range: the 1.6 with 102 hp and the 1.9 TDI with 105 hp.
For a competitive price, the SEAT Leon "Sports Limited" offers as a base equipment the following elements:rear and back sport seats,special tapestry ,16 inch GAIA rims and front fog lights.
Besides (...)

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