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‘SUB8’ Performance Pack makes the Seat Leon 280 even lairier

When the Seat Leon Cupra 280 became the first front-wheel drive car to lap the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes, ripping the record from Renault, it did so with a Performance Pack unavailable to UK customers.

Well, now you can slap the Leon Cupra 280 with a Sub8 Performance Pack option for a cool £2,025, giving you specially designed 19-inch alloys in either black or orange, 30mm larger brakes (370mm discs) for the standard Brembo calipers to grab and body coloured side skirts.

Nice and subtle, just how we like it
Nice and subtle, just how we like it

Spend an extra £460 and each corner can be covered by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Seat was keen to point out the same upgrade on the Megane RenaultSport 275 Trophy-R costs an extra £540.

Seat also took the time to mention its £500 Cupra exterior colour packs: Black-Line and White-Line. The options add their respective colour to the door mirrors, front grille surround, tailgate lettering and 19-inch alloy wheels in addition to a black spoiler. Orange-Line will be added in December 2014.

Last but not least is the option of black Alcantara bucket seats with white accents and an embossed Cupra logo for £1,250. The price also includes the Winter Pack comprised heated front seats and headlight washers with heated front washer nozzles.

The Seat Leon Cupra 280 completed a lap of the legendary ‘Green Hell’ Nordschleife circuit in 7:58.4 seconds in March 2014, bettering the Megane RS Trophy’s 8:07.97. Then in June 2014 Renault rolled out the Megane RenaultSport 275, which now holds with record at 7:54.

A 2.0-litre turbo with 271bhp and 266lb/ft (360Nm) of torque powers the record-holding Renault. Meanwhile the Cupra 280 has 280PS (276bhp) and 258lb/ft (350Nm) of torque. Both cars can hit 0 to 62mph in less than six seconds and offer pretty remarkable fuel economy.

A new Cupra 280 will set you back from £27,240 with a manual gearbox.

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