세아트는 국내팬들에겐 다소 낯선 메이커죠. 하지만 홈그라운드인 스페인과 서유럽에선 꽤 인기 좋은 메이커입니다. 게다가 폭스바겐 식구가 되면서 내실까지 갖추게 되어 앞으로의 전망이 긍정적입니다. 이런 세아트에서 최근 레온 쿠프라 280 울티메이트(SEAT Leon SC CUPRA 280 Ultimate) 모델을 선보였습니다. 골프와 같은 MQB 플랫폼으로 태어났고 크기도 골프와 비슷합니다. 이번에 나온 레온 쿠프라 280은 세아트판 골프 R이라고 불러도 손색없는 모델입니다.
이름에서 알 수 있듯이 2.0 터보로 최고출력 280마력을 냅니다. 골프 R도 같죠. 하지만 AWD 형태인 골프 R과 달리 레온 쿠프라 280은 전륜구동입니다. 그리고 최근 독일 뉘르부르크링 노르트슐라이페 랩타임 7:58.12 라는 초유의 기록을 남겼습니다. 양산 앞바퀴굴림 중 최고의 기록이죠. 참고로 BMW M3는 8분 5초입니다.
With a record-breaking time of 7:58.12 minutes, the SEAT Leon ST CUPRA 280 is the fastest estate car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Making its world debut at this year's Wörthersee Treffen in Austria, the latest addition to the CUPRA stable is set to make the hearts of the expected 200,000 car fans and tuners from a host of different countries beat that little bit faster. Showcasing a total of five impressive variants from the Leon range, SEAT will travel from Martorell in Spain to Reifnitz, some 1,515 kilometres away.
An approachable star – the SEAT Leon ST Cupra
On 13th May, there will be 280 PS rolling through the small town, where the SEAT Leon ST CUPRA 280 will celebrate its debut at the legendary meeting. Speaking about the record which he set, using the standard front-wheel-drive production estate with manual transmission and Performance Pack, Spanish racing driver and SEAT brand ambassador Jordi Gené, said, “It was an indescribable feeling to get the best out of this car and to be the first to achieve this record,” said Jordi Gené. The sports tourer benefits significantly from the Limited Front Slip Differential (VAQ) of the SEAT Leon CUPRA 280 and the six-speed manual gearbox – systems that enable it to ensure a secure grip on the road, even under difficult conditions. “The Leon ST CUPRA reinforces that an estate car doesn’t have to be a compromise. This record time is not only another symbol of our claim ‘Technology to Enjoy’, but also sets new standards. The SEAT Leon ST CUPRA is a sports car for the whole family,” said Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Vice President for Research and Development.
At this year’s cult event, the the Leon ST CUPRA 280 will also be showcased with the “Black” Performance Pack. Painted in Dynamic Grey, it is sure to cut a sleek figure with its 19-inch alloy wheels, BREMBO high-performance braking system and body-colour side skirts. Through its sublime blend of power and comfort, the SEAT Leon ST CUPRA 280 achieves a perfect balance which appeals to both the heart and the head. Not only is there space for the whole family, the powerful 280 PS engine also delivers thrilling performance.
Traditionally, SEAT shows something extreme at the Wörthersee Treffen and this year is no exception. Austrian racing driver Mario Dablander, who is a touring car racing driver in the 2015 SEAT Leon Eurocup, will bring his SEAT Leon CUP RACER to the event after the race in Portugal.
The extraordinary in the ordinary – SEAT Leon SC Cupra and SEAT Leon Cupra
This year, SEAT is presenting two particularly attention-grabbing models in Dynamic Grey and Blanco Nevada paintwork. The SEAT Leon SC CUPRA 280 provides visual impact with an “Orange” Performance Pack. The three-door sets sporty accents with the orange front grille, colour-coordinated mirrors and orange rims against the flat grey paintwork. In addition, the high-performance brake system, along with the 19-inch high-performance tyres and side skirts likewise deliver a strong presence. The Leon five-door CUPRA 280 is no less impressive. The Blanco Nevada colour concept, in combination with the Black Line package, gives the model a mean look. Particularly eye-catching are the entry sills at the front, rear side spoilers and the 19-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black. Beyond their sporty design and 280 PS performance, both model variants are also optionally equipped with the well-known highly innovative assistance systems.