Under 8. That's the new benchmark for hot hatches, expressed in the number of minutes it takes to get around the Nürburgring. Although Renault has since beat its time with the Mégane RS 275 Trophy, it was Seat that was the first to break that time in a front-drive car with the Leon Cupra 280. Critics pointed out that the record-setting car was equipped with certain add-ons over the production version, but now Seat is offering those upgrades to customers as part of a new package.

Called, appropriately enough, the Sub8 Performance Pack, the kit adds such features as upgraded brakes (measuring 370 mm with four-piston Brembo calipers), 19-inch alloys (in either black or orange) and body-colored side skirts. Buyers can also opt for the semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at less than half of what Renault charges for the same on its ultimate Mégane, and a new set of racing buckets. For those in the market, Seat is also introducing white and black appearance packages, with an orange one to follow.

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SEAT UNLEASHES CUPRA 'SUB8 PERFORMANCE PACK'

- SEAT launches new 'Sub8 Performance Pack' for Leon CUPRA 280 at £2,025
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres available too for £460 - £540 less than rival Renault charges for the same option
- Also new and available to order on CUPRA 280: two coloured exterior packs - Black-Line and White-Line for £500, plus CUPRA bucket seats at £1,250

Fresh from its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, SEAT has confirmed the price of the 'Sub8 Performance Pack' for its Leon CUPRA 280 flagship.

Fitted to the storming Leon CUPRA 280 which became the first front-wheel-drive car to dip under the elusive eight-minute Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time, the optional pack includes even more substantial brakes, specially-designed 19-inch alloy wheels in either black or orange and body-coloured side skirts for £2,025 including VAT.

Providing stopping power in keeping with the car's potency, the brake discs, at 370mm, are 30mm larger than on the standard car and include Brembo four piston callipers.

The CUPRA 280's VAQ electronically-controlled limited slip differential, already delivers impressive levels of grip. But, for those discerning owners seeking the ultimate, especially on track, semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which also featured on SEAT's fastest production car to date, are available for £460. Notably, £540 less than those available on hot hatch rival Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy.

Striking, with a high-quality interior and impressive levels of equipment, the Leon CUPRA 280 is effectively two cars in one. One minute, it's a docile, easy to live with coupé (SC), or practical five-door family car, capable of up to 44.1 mpg. The next, in CUPRA mode, it becomes a force to be reckoned with, hitting 62 mph from rest in just 5.7 seconds (DSG version).

Launch of CUPRA Black-Line and White-Line

As well as the eagerly-awaited Sub8 Performance Pack, SEAT also debuted its new CUPRA colour exterior packs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Designed to add an extra dose of Latin flair to the already eye-catching lines of its Leon flagship, two shades will be available initially, labelled Black-Line and White-Line.

Costing £500 including VAT, the embellishments are available to order now, and include CUPRA 19-inch alloy wheels, door mirrors, CUPRA tailgate lettering and front grille surround all picked out in either hue, according to the chosen pack. Black rear side spoilers also feature, regardless of the pack colour. A further pack, Orange-Line, launches in SEAT dealers in December.

CUPRA bucket seats

Rounding off the array of option additions for the Leon CUPRA 280, is the arrival of figure-hugging CUPRA bucket seats. Sought-after by trackday aficionados in particular, the new front seats, priced at £1,250, feature a one-piece head restraint and come clad in black Alcantara with simil leather bolsters and white accents, with embossed CUPRA logo. The price also includes Winter Pack (heated front seats and headlight washer system with heated front washer nozzles).


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      volvol250gdecepticon
      • 4 Months Ago

      You know I think it is time for Holland American Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to get together.  To make car hauling Cruise Ships. To bring cars like this Seat to North America please. 

      Vwfanatic
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hey VWoA, since you can't get your act together on the MKVII GTI, where do I go to order my  Leon Cupra 280?

      Lachmund
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      Such a great looking and driving car. Really sad some of you are forced to miss out on it.