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.
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.
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.