The Seat Leon Cupra ST has reportedly beaten the B7 Audi RS4 Avant to be the fastest estate (or wagon) to lap the famous Nürburgring in Germany, completing the fast lap in a record 7:58.
If true, it’s even faster than its 3-door counterpart despite weighing 45kg more. The feat was accomplished with Spanish racer, Jordi Gené, behind the wheel.
According to Gené: “… in high speed corners, the ST’s rear axle is more progressive, and the top speed is higher with the better drag coefficient. What we lose exiting some corners, we get it back in high-speed turns and on the straights. With the longer body here we can play with the rear end, to help position the car. It is a very nice racing feeling when you disconnect the ESC.”
The Seat Leon Cupra ST estate is based on the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance and powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine closely related to that unit found under the Mk7 Golf R. It produces 206kW (280PS) and 350Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG.