Meet The Nurburgring’s Fastest Wagon Ever
For most people, the station wagon has one main purpose – shuffle you, your family, and all your things from one place to another. It’s the ultimate fitter of unwieldy household furniture, which inherently makes finding the fastest wagon a bit like finding who has the longest ears… or deciding the most athletic centenarian. Nevertheless wagons are quite cool, especially the sort that verge on silly amounts of power and speed. Spanish automaker SEAT has produced one such hot wagon, the Leon ST Cupra 280. It’s been testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and its epic lap time of 7 minutes 58 seconds makes it the fastest production estate car ever to assault a timed run at the ‘Ring. RELATED: See More of the 2015 Leon ST Cupra 280 Nurburgring Record Holder Underneath this record-breaking Leon Cupra sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generating a hard-charging 276 horsepower, which it funnels solely to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Zero to 60 mph takes just six seconds, and a slight while later you’ll be topping out at 155 mph. Thankfully for record-setter and racing driver Jordi Gené, the Cupra 280 also features a limited-slip front differential, racy 19-inch alloy wheels, and sizable Brembo brakes, all key to ensuring the car stays planted around the ‘Ring’s 13 miles and 73 corners. RELATED: 2016 Honda Civic Type R Holds the Unofficial Nurburgring FWD Record
Being that SEAT is part of the Volkswagen Group, the nimble Cupra 280 made its debut at Volkswagen’s annual mecca for sporty VeeDubs, the 2015 Wörthersee meet in Austria. Is this a case of yet another fantastic performance car that won’t reach American shores? Well, yes. But don’t forget, the current Leon is based on VW’s MQB structure, which also underpins the seventh-generation Golf – a quick car that we certainly can buy stateside.
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