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The Fastest Nurburgring Car Is... A SEAT!?

For front-wheel drive only, but it’s still pretty damn awesome.

The Seat Leon Cupra 280 is now officially the hottest hatch in the front-wheel drive world, after becoming the first FWD production model to break in below the eight-minute mark at Nurburgring. With an amazing 7:58.4, that makes this 2.0-liter, turbocharged VW Golf-based hatch faster than the Cadillac CTS-V (7:59) and the BMW M3 E92 (8:05). The little hatchback makes 276 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The Leon Cupra 280 – an upgrade version of the 262hp Leon Cupra – can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds when mated with a DSG transmission, or 5.8 seconds with a manual, topping out at 155mph. With stiff competition expected from the newly-introduced Honda Civic Type R, Seat already introduced a racing version of the Curpra in Geneva, which is said to deliver 325hp. This car will make its debut on European tracks in May.

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