For years, there was a rumor that Volkswagen wanted to buy Alfa Romeo from Fiat after acquiring Lamborghini in 1998. That didn’t happen, but it seems like they managed to turn their Spanish brand Seat brand into something sexy enough for Italians. Even the Carabinieri.
I know that Skoda is secretly the Volkswagen Group’s best brand, but I’ve always had a soft spot for their Spanish subsidiary Seat, mainly because they crank out some amazing hot hatches and wagons that are even cheaper than their VW cousins. One of them is now so good, it lapped the Nürburgring quicker than any wagon…
I'm just asking because after driving through 6 countries putting another 2,200 miles on a 12 year old Seat Toledo that already had 75,000 miles on the clock, I'm almost convinced it is.
The car is 12 years old, and we will cross Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia with it in roughly nine days.
You're Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary Seat. You put out a front-wheel drive car that manages an awesome 7:58.4 lap time on the 'Ring. What do you do about it? Gloat? Well, you definitely do that, but you also put out a special performance pack to celebrate this act of driving really fast.
When you're Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary Seat, and you rely on Volkswagen platforms and engines, how do you distinguish yourselves? Simple: you take their cars and make them better. That's what I think they did with the new Seat Leon Cupra hot hatchback.
The Seat 1200 Sport was nicknamed Bocanegra, which translates to "black mouth." It was called that because of the distinctive black plastic surround for the whole face of the car. Black plastic is often derided in auto design circles, but I think it really made this car.
Oh man. Some poor bastard's probably been fired over this by now. Especially since it looks like a simple length of chain could have prevented all this from happening. That's a Seat Leon Cupra race car, and it's been dropped about two or so stories. Oops.
The Fiesta ST is fun but small. The Subaru WRX is old school but not a hatchback anymore. The Golf GTI? Not fast enough. The Golf R? Could be more fun. America is clearly missing out.
Roofs! They're completely overrated, in my humble opinion. I know, structural rigidity and keeping your head from getting struck by lightning, blah blah blah. Who cares. Seat doesn't, and that's why this concept for the Volkswagen Group's Wörthersee festival is totally on point.
While for those who want a downsized Golf, VW offers the Fox in South America and the slightly bigger Polo in Europe, the old continent also had a more exotic choice for the last three decades. It's time to celebrate, Ibiza style!
Pretty lady... pretty lady... pretty lady... WHOOSH.
....For front-wheel-drive vehicles. Which is still nothing to sneeze at! And with this new record, the Seat Leon Cupra 280 has become the first FWD car to break the eight minute mark, which separates the merely sporty-ish cars from the truly fast. Joy.
Well, what can I tell you? Seat's most powerful car yet will make you want to move to Europe, again.
A front-wheel drive hatchback has no right to look as good as this new Seat Leon Cup Racer, which debuted at Europe's giant Wörthersee VW meet over the weekend.
I know, America, you thought a seat was a thing in a movie theater, or something a church lady might call her ass. But those ever-scheming Euros have a car named SEAT, and it looks pretty good.
Walter de'Silva, head of Volkswagen design, has reinterpreted a Leica camera to the tune of $26,500. He's not the first car designer to venture into camera design. In the red corner is Giorgetto Giugiaro of Nikon and supercar fame.
An old pro-car, anti-motorcycle maxim says "Four wheels good, two wheels bad." However, if you've still got two extra wheels that aren't on the ground, it's more like "Four wheels good, two wheels awesome." Here's four awesome two-wheels-in-the-air videos.
There are crashes and then there's stuff like this. At the Brands Hatch round of the Seat Leon Eurocup, Francisco Carvalho lost control of his car after contact and flipped end-over-end into safety workers. Amazingly, nobody was seriously injured.