SEAT Leon Cupra 280 Performance Pack

With the Performance Pack (2,720 euros) we will have 18-inch Brembo brake discs with 4-piston calipers (actually, it is the system of the Audi TT-RS), 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. In the end, with the Performance Pack, the weight saving is only 8 kg compared to a standard Cupra. And the car doesn't look much different either: the 19-inch wheels are specific and the "cupra" on the boot is black. On board, there's nothing special, although our unit was equipped with the optional heated semi-buckets (1,220 euros).

With 280 hp and 350 Nm available from just 1,750 rpm to 5,600 rpm, it has the luxury of 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, leaving its rivals behind. The recovery figures are even more eloquent. With the DSG gearbox and regardless of the selected mode, as the gearbox makes a kick down and delivers everything, the 80 to 120 km / h is done in 3.9 seconds. The Cupra doesn't lack power. You could even say that it has more than enough, because in strong accelerations from a standstill the front wheels tend to have an initial slip that the ESP soon corrects.

The chassis, with communicative steering, is very incisive. Changes of trajectory are made without blinking and with millimetric precision. And while the overall character of the car is dominated by the front end, the rear end knows how to be reactive. In fact you can position the car with the brakes on corner entry and it pulls into the line with alacrity. It has a natural tendency to pull in front, but just hollow the accelerator pedal a little if we have spent braking that the rear will pivot the car, while the differential will allow us to get out of the corner without losing grip and without fear. You feel where the front wheels are and what they do, you feel clearly when the rear or the nose is going to go; it is progressive, you know that by cupping your ass it will go away so that you take the corner well, but never abruptly and that can scare you. It's an almost the ideal car and the perfect definition of the compact sports car.

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