The annual GTI Treffen gathering in Wörthersee, is the venue where Volkswagen Group’s four major brands (VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda) usually wheel out something wacky and extreme, but this year, Seat’s star of the show is a real model which can be ordered by customers now.
Not for the road though, I might add, but if you’re a touring car race team, then you’ll be interested in the new Leon Cup Racer – available from €70,000 excl. VAT.
The 326bhp race car will form the basis for development work and test drives to be undertaken over the coming months, with first deliveries expected in early 2014.
Power comes from a two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 326bhp and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. It is transmitted to the front axle via a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, controlled from the steering wheel and via an electronically controlled differential lock.
A special ‘endurance’ variant will also be available (priced at €95,000), equipped with a sequential racing transmission with a shift lever on the centre console and a mechanical differential lock.
“We expect to be able to offer the Leon Cup Racer to our customer teams as early as the 2014 season.” said Jaime Puig, Head of SEAT Sport and responsible for the brand’s motorsport activities.
“With the two versions for sprint and endurance racing, the Cup Racer is ideal for an extremely broad palette of racing series – from the ETTC to the VLN Endurance Cup on the Nürburgring. We also envisage further developing the Cup Racer to create a WTCC version with a 1.6-litre engine. After all, we have a great tradition to defend there.”