SEAT unveils new Leon ST Cupra 280

SEAT has revealed the latest model in its high-performance Leon Cupra range, the new ST Cupra 280.

The first-ever estate Cupra model from the marque, the ST Cupra 280 blends performance and style with all the practicality and spaciousness of the regular Leon ST.

Almost as fast as the hatchback

All about the numbers, the ST Cupra 280 packs an incredible 1,470-litre boot space and can race from 0 to 62mph in a blistering six seconds flat, just 0.2 seconds behind its five-door stablemate.

SEAT president Jürgen Stackmann said: “The new Leon ST CUPRA is the perfect complement to our high-performance model line-up.

“The combination of refined performance and expressive dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and compelling utility make it utterly unique.”

Based on the silhouette of the regular ST estate, the ST Cupra 280 has been given a radical performance overhaul with a new front fascia and large air intakes.

Full LED headlamps complete the powerful appearance on the front, while it’s also outfitted with a rear diffuser-style bumper and twin oval exhaust pipes, plus large 19-inch alloy wheels and a spoiler.

Performance is key on the inside as well, with sports seats upholstered in a choice of black Alcantara or black leather with contrasting white stitching, plus optional bucket seats and paddle gear shifters.

Equipment includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system as standard, plus ambient lighting which glows red when drivers put the car into Cupra mode via a Drive Profile function.

Along with the Drive Profile, which allows users to alter the set-up of the car for different situations, the Leon ST Cupra 280 also comes with new progressive steering to increase response and handling.

Lightweight and dynamic

Likewise, the chassis has also been tweaked to enhance dynamics, with a new lightweight design and the addition of a front-axle differential lock to increase traction and eliminate torque steer.

Powered by a muscular 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine specifically designed to handle high revving, the ST Cupra 280 manages hot performance while keeping decent fuel economy figures.

According to SEAT, the Cupra estate will return up to 42.8mpg when equipped with the optional DSG gearbox, with CO2 emissions from as little as 154 grams per kilometre.

Fitted with semi-slick Michelin tyres, the ST Cupra 280 can also be upgraded with optional packs, which add extra performance touches like Brembo brakes, plus exclusive wheels and side skirts.

The exterior can also be enhanced with optional White Line, Black Line and Orange Line packages, which alter the grille, door mirror and wheel colours for extra personalised appeal.

Prices have yet to be announced, but SEAT says that the new Leon ST Cupra 280 will be available to buy from March onwards.