Seat today unveiled its most powerful car it has ever made, the
280-horsepower Leon Cupra 280. The Cupra 280 sits at the top of a five-strong
family of brand new Cupra models that begins with the 265 hp Leon SC Cupra and
ends with the five-door Cupra 280 with DSG transmission.
Every Leon Cupra completes the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in less than six seconds.
The Leon Cupra is a car whose development was led by the pursuit of dynamic excellence in the Seat range. To that end, every Leon Cupra comes as standard with a mechanical front axle differential lock, a progressive steering system that sharpens the turn-in for improved agility, DCC dynamic chassis control to alter the suspension settings between sportier or more comfort-oriented, and two-stage deactivation of the electronic stability control (ESC) - including the ability to turn it off entirely.
These are on top of fundamental changes compared to the previous Leon Cupra: the new Leon is built on an all-new chassis, with a wider front track and fully independent suspension front and rear.
"The new Leon Cupra is pure Seat: emotion and performance, design and dynamics combine to deliver driving fun mile after mile. State-of-the-art technology is evident in its enormous precision, but also in its compelling efficiency," stresses Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Seat S.A. for Research and Development. "The new Cupra is a sports car for every day; it feels just as much at home on the race track as it does on the long haul."
Cupra's Emotional Design
Emotional design is a great strength of the Leon family. For the new Cupra, this has been developed one step further. The new front end, with its large air intakes and full-LED headlamps, ensures a powerful look, as does the rear skirt with its diffuser effect and the two oval end pipes. The alloy wheels are exclusive to the Cupra, while the red brake calipers and tinted side and rear windows underscore its individuality.
The Seat Leon Cupra 280 is visually differentiated by its unique 19-inch wheels with a titanium paint finish, plus the Aerodynamic Pack, which comprises a spoiler on the rear roof edge, Cupra lettering on the brake calipers and black exterior mirror housings.
The focus of the interior is on the Cupra sports steering wheel in its own unique design, complete with shifting paddles for the optional DSG transmission. The sports Seats, in dark grey Alcantara finished with white stitching, are another interior highlight. Black full-leather upholstery, likewise with white stitching, is also available. The pedals and entry sills are made from aluminum.
The trim elements in the cockpit of this top sporty variant are a deep glossy black.