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 Leon Cupra is that better-looking VW Golf R with so much power that it could almost make a purist forget about its FWD-ness. But is it good enough to go up against a BMW M235i in a drag race?
These guys think they're experiencing virtual reality. Instead, they're experiencing the actual reality of 280 horsepower throwing them around on a wet tarmac. The reactions are priceless.
....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.
Volkswagen's invite-only party the night before the Geneva Motor Show opens is a preview of what you can expect from all the brand's under VW's umbrella. Cars, lots of dubstep and films about adventurous men, relaxed retirees and expensive women for those Bentley customers out there. Here's all I've seen.
Well, what can I tell you? Seat's most powerful car yet will make you want to move to Europe, again.