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Seat reveals go-faster bits for Leon SC Cupra 280

SEAT has revealed its ‘Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack’ for the 2015 Leon SC CUPRA 280 taking the fight to the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R.

SEAT HAS REVEALED its ‘Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack’ which mirrors the go-faster bits tacked onto the Leon SC CUPRA 280 that last year became the first front-wheel drive production car to dip under an eight-minute Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. SEAT says the pack, which is only available in Europe and the UK will be priced at £4200 (AUS$8204), which, even with the price of the Leon SC CUPRA 280 factored in manages to undercut the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R by £5020 (AUS$9806).

Here’s what SEAT says, “Be under no illusions. A Leon SC CUPRA 280 fitted with the Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack is no impractical trackday toy. It’s every inch a proper hot hatch, just with an even more focused nature than the multi-award-winning Leon on which it’s based. It’s even got rear seats and a radio, DAB at that. Nevertheless, it’ll still make a simple trundle to the shops, an occasion and not a chore, and garner plenty of attention along the way. Plus, given the fact that each car will be built to order, its exclusivity is assured”.

So, what’s different? Well, when it comes to performance it’s all about weight saving, so, the Sub8 pack swaps climate control for a simpler heating system, while four of the CUPRA’s usual eight speakers have also been ditched in the dieting process. The centre console armrest and rear air vents are gone, while even the storage boxes under the front seat have been binned.

The rest of the tweaking means, lightweight 19-inch alloys, 30mm larger brakes with Brembo callipers and body-coloured side skirts. Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are a cost option, but they’re the only cost option. Beyond tyres there’s a choice of either a six-speed manual or a DSG transmission, but that’s it.

Keeping it extremely simple for customers, there’s the usual choice of six-speed manual or slick-shifting DSG transmission, but, in keeping with its stripped-back approach, no options.

Shame we don’t get Seat here as this thing would make for a perfect face-off with the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober