It didn’t take long for the new SEAT Leon Cupra to make an impact, as it has just broken the lap record in Nürburgring, Germany, finishing at 7 min 58.44. It’s the first front-wheel drive car to break the 8 minute mark so far in the lap’s history. The Nürburgring lap dates back to 1927 and has been used by various motoring media outlets for publishing purposes and vehicle manufacturers for testing new vehicles.
The man behind the wheel was SEAT touring car champion Jordi Gene, who hit a top speed of 150.4mph around the 12.4 mile track, whilst averaging 96.3 mph. Jordi Gene is a professional racing driver who competed in the World Touring Car Championship between 2005 and 2010. His lap shattered the previous record of 8 min 7.97 seconds, held by the Renault Megane Trophy.
The new Leon Cupra is the most powerful production model that SEAT have ever created, with a 278bph 2.0 litre engine, combined with the DSG gearbox can reach 62mph in 5.7 seconds.
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