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The Seat Leon Cupra is Sometimes the Forgotten Hot Hatch

And this is why it needs to be made familiar to everyone.

Not everyone has heard of Seat, that is, if you live outside of Europe. The Spanish brand is actually a part of the Volkswagen Group, which is a huge benefit in terms of having direct access to solid engines, gearboxes, and platforms. Basically, Seat models are re-skinned VWs with plenty of Spanish touches. And it’s a damn shame they’re not sold in the US (along with Skoda). But there’s one Seat in particular we’d love to have a chance to drive, the Leon Cupra.

This three- or five-door hot hatch is powered by VW’s familiar 2.0-liter TSI, and it’s been tuned here to produce 280 horsepower. Pair that with VW’s DSG twin-clutch gearbox, and you’ve got quite a combo. Along with that exterior design, the Leon Cupra is possibly even sexier than its close cousin, the Golf GTI.

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