Seat has confirmed today in Geneva the Leon Cupra 280 DSG is now the front-wheel drive king around the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

Seat has confirmed today in Geneva the Leon Cupra 280 DSG is now the front-wheel drive king around the Nürburgring circuit.

The weapon of choice to tackle the 'Ring was a Leon Cupra 280 DSG configured with an optional performance package encompassing different 19-inch alloys, Brembo brakes and most importantly, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Thanks to a powerful 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TSI engine packing 280 HP (206 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), the hot Spanish hatchback managed to complete the lap in 7 minutes and 58.4 seconds.

It's actually the first front-wheel drive car to do a sub-eight minute lap as the previous record holder, the Renault Megane RS Trophy, held the crown up until now with an 8m 7.97s time. The Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG was driven by Jordi Gene who was an official Seat driver between the 2003 and 2010 seasons in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) and World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In addition, he was also a valuable member of the team in charge of developing the model.

The Leon Cupra 280 is the company's most powerful and fastest road-going model as it can do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (250 km/h). It will probably remain the fastest FWD car around the Nürburgring at least until the Honda Civic Type R due in 2015.

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