SEAT has unveiled two new version of the new Leon: Cupra and Cupra 280.
The new 2.0-litre turbo petrol produces 261bhp in the standard Leon Cupra and 276bhp in the Cupra 280 – SEAT’s most powerful series production car ever.
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.
The order books are open from today with prices starting from £25,690. The range topping Cupra 280 DSG starts from £28,525.
First deliveries are expected for early March 2014.
The Leon Cupra models all feature a mechanical locking differential and an electronic stability control which can be deactivated.
Compared to the outgoing model the new Leon Cupra is 55kg lighter and visually is distinguished from the standard model with an aggressive body kit, bigger air intakes, rear diffuser, twin exhaust and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Cupra 280 is distinguished from the standard Cupra with 19-inch alloys, an aero kit with a rear spoiler, together with a black exterior and interior trim.
A more practical Leon ST Cupra is currently in development and will soon join the range.