New Ring Record For Seat Leon Cupra 280

They didn’t tease it for nothing; Seat’s new Leon Cupra 280 has set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for front-wheel drive production cars with a time period of 7m58.44s. That’s almost 10 seconds faster in comparison to the previous record for FWD production cars, set from the Renault Megane RS Trophy in 2011 (8m07.97s).

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The Seat Leon Cupra 280 was driven by touring car champion Jordi Gene at an average speed of 96.3 mph (154.98 km/h), with the car hitting a maximum 150.4 mph (242.04 km/h) through the Tiergarten section. Seat says the record was occur dry conditions, at an air temperature of 10 degrees Celsius plus a track temperature of 8 degrees Celsius.

The carmaker also states that the Cupra was standard production spec and was fitted with all the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Now, a quick check out the list of manufacturer-timed Nürburgring laps reveals the Leon Cupra proved to be faster than some impressive machines much like the Corvette C6 Z51 (7m59s), Dodge Viper SRT-10 (2005, 7m59s) and BMW M3 E92 (2007, 8m05s). Scroll down to watch the full lap.