Fastest ever SEAT Leon revealed

Russell Campbell
March 12, 2019

SEAT has revealed a special edition version of its Cupra ST performance estate. Called the Cupra R ST it gets styling revisions inside and out, and the option to boost power from the standard car’s very healthy 300hp to a frankly ludicrous 370hp.

The power increase comes courtesy of a £500 and fully warrantied kit supplied by German tuner ABT, which usually costs £2,000 off the shelf. That drops the four-wheel drive SEAT’s 0-62mph time down from 4.9 seconds to a Porsche 911-beating 4.5 seconds, although, sadly the car’s top speed remains limited to 155mph.

Along with the option for more straight line performance, Leon R ST models also get new front suspension uprights and revised camber settings that should make the car change direction quicker than a politician who’s been threatened with a vote of no confidence.

The Leon R ST comes with a distinctive copper body kit that sees the thieves’ favourite metal used to highlight the car’s bumper and 19-inch alloy wheels, while the front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts and large roof-mounted spoiler are all finished in real carbon fibre. Yummy. Changes made inside are limited to splashes of copper trim around the air vents, centre console and steering wheel badge, while the sports seats also get copper stitching. Finally, you get a steering wheel rim and gear knob trimmed in suede-like Alcantara.

As you would expect, the R ST gets the same performance upgrades you get with a regular Cupra, including a bassy quad exhaust system and big brakes from motor-sport supplier Brembo. Kit includes keyless entry, a panoramic glass sunroof, an eight-inch touchscreen and 10-inch digital dashboard display, front and rear cameras, and a quick-shifting twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

Unfortunately, there is bad news. Just 150 of the special edition Cupra R STs will be available when the car goes on sale in April and, as well as being the fastest Leon you can buy, with a £38,000 price tag (excluding the £500 power boost) it’ll also be the most expensive.