The Seat Leon Cupra 280 has managed to take down the Nürburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive car with a time of 7 minutes and 58.4 seconds.

The Seat Leon Cupra 280 has managed to take down the Nürburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive car with a time of 7 minutes and 58.4 seconds.

While Honda has been "threatening" us with a new 'Ring record for quite some time with their upcoming Civic Type R, Seat has decided to take matters into their own hands and established a new front-wheel drive Nürburgring record with their Leon Cupra 280. The Spanish marque released an on-board clip last weekend with the hot Leon lapping the 'Ring in 7 minutes and 58.4 seconds, thus dethroning the Renault Megane RS Trophy (8m and 7.97 seconds) who established the previous record in 2011.

Behind the wheel was Seat touring car champion Jordi Gene who managed an average speed of 96.3 (154.9 km/h) mph and a top speed of 150.4 mph (242 km/h) in the Tiergarten area. He drove a production car fitted with optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires so the posted time is legit.

As a reminder, the Leon Cupra 280 represents Seat's most powerful road-legal car ever thanks to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI with 280 HP (206 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). The DSG-equipped model does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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