SEAT’s motorsport division has made some updates to the Leon CUP RACER ahead of its racing debut in April.

Described as being a “top-flight motorsport machine”, the 2016-spec Leon CUP RACER continues to have a meaty turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 330 horsepower (243 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 newton meters) of torque. However, SEAT has made some improvements to the aerodynamic package to provide more speed in bends and on the straights.

Moreover, the latest version has a new cooling package and a redesigned exhaust system boosting the race car’s performances. The engineers mounted new shock absorbers which can be adjusted in both directions and there’s also a revamped 100-liter safety tank with support for a rapid fuelling system.

The biggest news however is a sequential, six-speed gearbox from SADEV which will be available on the version configured for the TCR International Series. Instead of using the classic gearstick, the driver will operate the ‘box via the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The TCR-prepared Leon will continue to come with the AP six-piston brake calipers and a mechanical differential lock at the front axle.

As far as pricing is concerned, the DSG-equipped Leon CUP RACER is available at SEAT Sport from €85,000 (excluding taxes). With the sequential transmission, the price jumps to €110,000 (also without taxes).

Here is a breakdown of the 2016 SEAT Leon Eurocup calendar:

  • 23/24 April: Estoril, Portugal
  • 14/15 May: Silverstone, Great Britain
  • 4/5 June: Paul Ricard, France
  • 16/17 July: Mugello, Italy
  • 10/11 September: Red Bull Ring, Austria
  • 17/18 September Nürburgring, Germany
  • 29/30 October: Montmelo, Spain

As for the 2016 TCR International Series, it will have 24 races over twelve weekends on three continents (Europe, Asia, South America).

Source: SEAT Sport

Gallery: SEAT Leon CUP RACER TCR gains sequential gearbox

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