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Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 is the Fastest FWD Wagon at the 'Ring

Who said station wagons can't lap the Green Hell?

It turns out that even a high-performance station wagon can lap the Nürburgring in less than 8 minutes. Seat announced today that its Leon ST Cupra 280 wagon blasted around the 'Ring in 7:58.12, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive station wagon to ever lap the famous German track.

The Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 will make its public debut at the Wörthersee festival this week. The wagon is powered by VW's ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that makes 276 hp. That power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, while the Black Performance pack adds extra track goodies including 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and side skirts.

Piloting the Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 to the lap record was Spanish pro racer Jordi Gené. "It was an indescribable feeling to get the best out of this car and to be the first to achieve this record," he said in a release. Gené also piloted a Seat Leon Cupra 280 hatchback around the 'Ring last June, setting a 7:58.4 lap time. At the time, it was good enough to set a new front-wheel drive production car record at the 'Ring, though a few months later Renault took the title away with its Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, which completed the feat in just 7 minutes, 54 seconds.