The most powerful production car SEAT has ever made goes up against one of the fastest dog breeds on a frozen lake.
To show off the all-wheel-drive prowess of its new 300-hp Leon Cupra wagon, SEAT got in touch with racing driver Jordi Gené and asked him to head to Lapland and go up against a sled pulled by six Alaskan and Siberian huskies. That might seem like an unfair race, but it was done just for fun and also to highlight some of the important assets of the brand’s most powerful road-going car ever.
Aside from being super cute, huskies are a force to be reckoned with considering they can pull their own weight of about 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and can run for as much as 81 miles (130 kilometers) in a single day. Not only that, but they’re among the 20 fastest dog breeds in the world and are able to reach speeds of up to 25 mph (40 kph).
The grippy Leon and the sled pulled by the huskies had to tackle the very cold Lake Pikku-Nissi — one of the 188,000 lakes in Finland — where the ice is about one-meter thick. While the car has four-pot Brembo brake calipers to stop efficiently, the sled comes with a clawed metal bar the musher steps on, sometimes using both feet when the dogs are overly energetic.
At €35,440 in its domestic market, the Leon Cupra ST DSG 4Drive is the most expensive model of the SEAT Leon range and bear in mind you can get the Cupra+AWD combo exclusively on the wagon version. The Spanish VW Golf R Variant as we like to call it has the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a meaty 300 hp (224 kW) and 380 Newton-meters (280 pound-feet) of torque. All that power is channeled to the 4Drive system exclusively through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Give it the beans and the high-performance compact wagon will do 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in only 4.9 seconds before topping out at a limited 155 mph (250 kph). Besides being quick, the all-paw Leon Cupra ST is still a wagon at the end of the day, so you have a spacious trunk that can carry all six huskies and the sled if you fold down the rear seats.