Seat Leon ST Cupra clinches Nurburgring lap record

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Seat Leon ST Cupra

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.

Seat Leon ST Cupra

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.

Watch the Seat Leon ST Cupra in action on the Nurburgring below.