Meet Seat’s hardcore Leon Cupra ‘Sub8’

At last, you can buy the first hot hatch to dip below eight minutes at the Nürburgring. Yours for £31k.

Thought the Nürburgring hot hatch war had been won by Renault when its Megane Trophy-R eclipsed the Cupra R’s lap time? Seatreckons you should think again. The Spaniard’s front-drive lap record may have been whipped away by the Renault, but the battle doesn’t end there, apparently.

Seat has now added its ‘Ultimate Sub8 Performance Pack’ to the Cupra’s option list, and it celebrates the Leon being the first production front-drive car to lap the Nordschleife in under eight minutes. We imagine the sell would be less clunky had the Seat held onto its record, but nonetheless, its 7m58.4s puts it ahead of all manner of supercar laps of the past.

The fight has restarted thanks to Seat’s boasts about its value. Quite a feat when a Sub8-spec Leon tops £31,000, but the Spanish car maker is keen to point out that it’s around £7000 cheaper than a similarly optioned Renault. [x]


Seat ha preparato la Leon ST Cupra, una RS4 per il popolo

Come le versioni berlina e coupè, anche la ST sarà disponibile in versione Cupra, con il 2.0 a benzina con potenze di 265 cavalli o 280 cavalli(in versione 280) mentre la coppia è per entrambe di 350 Nm.

La Cupra 280 copre lo 0-100 in sei secondi con DSG(6,1 con il manuale), mentre la versione normale è più lenta di un secondo, mentre per entrambe la velocità massima è di 250 km\h.

L'auto ha cerchi inediti, kit estetico e interni ripresi dalle altre Cupra, ma il bagagliaio è di 1470 litri con i sedili abbassati e i consumi si attestano intorno ai 6.6 km per litro con il DSG e 6.7 con il manuale.

Honda Civic Type R Wins Sport Auto 2017 Award

Readers of German performance magazine “Sport Auto” voted Honda’s Civic Type R as ‘Best Import Compact Sports Car’ in the title’s 2017 awards. Over 13,000 voters placed the Civic Type R as best in class during the voting process.

Fresh from setting the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in April, Honda’s ‘race car for the road’ fended off competition from the Seat Leon SC Cupra 300, Renault Megane GT TCe 205 and the Kia Pro cee’d GT.

It is the second win Honda in the “sport auto” awards with the previous generation, 2015 Civic Type R also claiming ‘Best Import Compact Sports Car’.


Catharina Felser (born October 2, 1982) is a German race car driver born in Siegburg, North Rhine-Westphalia. Catharina started her career in karting during 1997, moving up to Austrian Formula Ford in 2000. Her performances there resulted in one race in German Formula Ford, also during 2000. In 2001, she competed in German Formula BMW.Felser continued to advance her career, stepping up to German Formula Three in 2002, driving for the van Amersfoort and KMS teams. She moved to the Trella team in 2003 before leaving the series and single-seater racing in 2004, joining the German Seat Leon Cupra Cup to drive the number 16 car.