Seat has broken the lap record for estate cars at the Nurburgring, after its Leon ST Cupra 280 model set a time of 7 minutes 58.12 seconds.
Tackling the 12.9 mile Nordschleife track at an average speed of over 97mph, the front-wheel-drive Seat beat times set by more overtly focused performance machinery, such as the 2007 Audi R8 V8, which lapped in 8 minutes 4 seconds.
On top of this, the ST Cupra shaved 0.3 seconds off the time set by the three-door SC Cupra model last year (at the time the fastest production lap for front-wheel-drive cars), despite its more commodious rear quarters adding 45kg to its kerb weight.
The ST Cupra shares its 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with the rest of the Leon Cupra range and is capable of getting from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.
The car used for the record lap was a standard showroom model with a six-speed manual gearbox. It was fitted with Seat's optional Performance Pack, which adds a front limited-slip differential, more powerful brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and track-biased (but road legal) semi-slick tyres. It was driven by ex-World Touring Car Championship driver Jordi Gene, so don't be disappointed if you buy one and don't quite set the same sort of time.