The Spanish marque claims that its Seat Leon ST Cupra wagon is now the fastest production wagon to have lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
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As part of its presentation for the Worthersee festival that's currently taking place in Austria, Seat announced that the front-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra completed a lap of the famed Nordschleife in 7:58.12 minutes.

This feat was achieved with Spanish racing driver Jordi Gene behind the wheel. The wagon in question was equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission and a limited slip differential.

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Powering the Golf-size Leon ST Cupra around the Nurburgring was a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has a maximum output of 209kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

With a curb weight of 1466kg, the ST Cupra has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.

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The wagon's time is faster than the 7:58.44 lap recorded by a Leon Cupra 280 hatch back in March 2014. That car broke a three-year-old record for the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nordschleife.

In June 2014, Renault regained the FWD crown when its Megane RS275 Trophy-R managed a time of 7:54.36.

At last year's Paris motor show, Juergen Stackmann, Seat's CEO, told Car Advice that the Spanish brand could re-enter the Australian market as early as 2016 when the company begins production of its first ever SUV.

Seat cars were sold briefly in Australia during the late 1990s.