Nobody saw this beatdown coming.
The Seat Leon ST Cupra looked damned good when it was shown before the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Now we know that it’s also pretty quick, as evidenced by its record-setting lap around the Nurburgring. The Spanish station wagon clocked a time of 7 minutes and 58.1 seconds, demolishing the previous record held by the Audi RS4 Avant by 11 seconds. This is pretty impressive, especially when you consider the power difference between the two cars. The Audi has a considerable advantage in that department.
The RS4 Avant boasts a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 that drops 420 horsepower. The Seat Leon ST Cupra on the other hand has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 276 horsepower. The Spanish wagon wasn’t modified, save for sporting the manufacturer’s optional performance package.