2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra and Cupra 280 revealed ahead of Geneva debut

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Seat unveiled the Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 in three and five-door hatchback body variants last year around the same time ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut in March. Soon after the Spanish automaker proudly announced their hot hatch has set the new Nürburgring lap record for FWD cars.

This time Seat has unveiled the Cupra versions of the more practical Leon ST with a bigger boot.

Just like the already launched hatchback, the more standard Leon ST Cupra is powered by a 261bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, while the same engine in the Cupra 280 delivers 276bhp.

The estate version is not as fast as the hatchback with 0-62mph taking 6.0 seconds for the Cupra 280 equipped with the optional DSG gearbox. The six-speed manual does it in 0.1 seconds slower.

The standard ST Cupra does it in 6.1 seconds with the optional DSG and 6.2 seconds with the manual.

The Cupra 280 DSG accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds on to a top speed of 155mph, while returning an average 42.2mpg. All manual versions return 44.1mpg. Even the standard 261bhp Cupra hits 62 mph in less than six seconds.

Top speed is electronically-capped at 155mph on all models.

Other highlights include Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and front-axle differential lock.

The Leon ST CUPRA rides on 18-inch alloys, while the 280 variant comes with bigger 19-inch alloys with a titanium finish.

The Cupra 280 is also distinguished by its roof-mounted spoiler, “CUPRA” on the brake calipers and black side mirrors.

Thr hot Seat Leon estate is set to go on sale in March with prices expected to start from around £30k.

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