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The Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 is the latest addition to Seat’s high-performance Cupra line, but the first time it’s been available as an estate. With a 2-litre turbocharged engine producing 276bhp, and a DSG gearbox, it’ll hit 100kph in 6 seconds dead, only 0.2 seconds slower than the hatchback version. Unlike the Golf R estate, the Cupra is only available as front-wheel drive which may mean that it’s not as traction-talented off the line, but also keeps the price down.
All that performance doesn’t compromise practicality, as the Leon ST Cupra 280 boasts boot space of up to 1470 litres. If however you want even more performance, Seat is offering a Sub8 Performance Pack that adds larger Brembo brake callipers, black or orange 19-inch alloys and side skirts. You can also spec the car with semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres – the same ones that were fitted to the hatchback Cupra when it dipped under eight minutes for a lap of the Nordschleife.