Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Future's Orange for Red-Hot Leon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Future's Orange for Red-Hot Leon

Article excerpt

A POPULAR communications giant once told the world that the future was orange.

That could certainly be the case with SEAT's fastest-ever production car, the Leon SC Cupra 280.

Fitted with the brand's ultimate Sub8 performance pack, the hot hatch became the first front-wheel-drive production car to dip under the magic eight-minute lap time at the famous Nurburgring race circuit in Germany.

Now the Spanish car maker is making the pack available for PS4,200 - and its stand-out feature is a set of bright orange multi-spoke alloy wheels.

The pack mirrors the Nurburgring record-breaker exactly but won't be an impractical trackday toy, though built to order ensuring exclusivity.

To reduce the car's weight, climate control is swapped for a simpler heating system and four of the Cupra's usual eight speakers have been ditched in the dieting process.

The weight-loss programme has also seen the Leon slimmed down through the loss of the centre console armrest and rear air vents, while the storage boxes under the front seat have been binned. …

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