A hardcore, full racing spec Seat Leon Cup Racer has been unveiled to customer racers and modifying fans all over the world, with a £60k price tag, 325bhp turbocharged motor and ultra aggressive, super-wide aero. Stick an MOT on it and get it on the road!
Seat isn’t shy of a bit of racing and their rich history includes many a win in touring car races all over the world, and they like to position their brand with a sporty feel for a younger customer. Well, young or not, anyone that loves their race cars with piranha-style attitude can surely only fall for this new track ready Leon Cup Racer. The car we see in these images feature the full racing aero kit and I personally can’t think of a production car-based racer that looks tougher.
Much of the tuning for style and performance we see on street cars these days is influenced by the all-business appendages flying for hot laps on the race track, and I’d be very surprised if we don’t see the odd modified Leon at upcoming car shows with body kits directly inspired by this new motorsport menace to society.
The as-bold-as-a-bomb new Leon Cup Racer is built on the 5-door road going Leon, with this first testing and promotional car painted in a gorgeous metallic flat-grey with orange highlights. It’s some 40cm wider than standard thanks to those mighty wide arches, over 18-inch lightweight racing alloys.
While we see much of the Leon road car in the Cup Racer, this is a heavily modified track car – aimed at customer racers that want to compete in touring car, endurance or sprint racing – and although it’s got the Leon’s stand-out LED lights front and rear and heavy-creased side panel detailing, much of the rest of the car’s body is real-deal racing spec, aimed at aero, cooling and downforce.
The Cup Racer’s engine and transmission will sound familiar to Seat drivers. Mounted up front is a 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine packing a full fat 325bhp and 350Nm of torque. This potent powerplant is coupled to a front-driving, 6-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox that’s operated via paddles on the steering wheel, along with a switch for the electronically controlled front differential lock. With that much grunt pulling a substantially lighter Leon, performance should be pretty serious.
Inside we see acres of carbon fibre all over the dashboard and centre console, and a carbon bucket seat that looks like it’s been pulled straight out of an alien spaceship. There’s no A/C, audio or sat-nav; just a high-resolution TFT display to relay the critical engine operating info. A hardcore motorsport machine indeed, but one that with a few road legal mods to get its MOT ticket, would rule any tuning car show it entered. The Seat Leon just got lairy!
By Dan Anslow