SEAT León Cupra 265. Red tuning in Nice.
SEAT León Cupra 265, was produced from 2014 to 2016, fitted with a turbocharged 265 bhp 2 Litre 16v Inline 4 petrol engine, capable of 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds and with a maximum speed of 155 mph. Available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
SEAT León Cupra 280, was manufactured between 2014 and 2015, powered by a turbocharged 276 bhp 2 Litre 16v Inline 4 petrol engine, capable of 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds and limited to 155 mph.
Available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The 280 was fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels and Brembo brakes as standard.
The Sub8 Performance pack was launched in August 2014 for the Cupra 280, it featured side skirts, lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels and 30mm larger ventilated brake discs with Brembo calipers. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres could be ordered at extra cost. Also included is a VAQ electronically controlled limited-slip differential that aids traction. Power remained unchanged at 276 bhp and a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds.
The Ultimate Sub8 pack was launched in February 2015 for the Cupra 280, which included several weight-saving measures including: removing the León’s centre armrest, standard climate control system is replaced with a smaller heater, reducing the number of speakers from eight to four, removing the centre console armrest, front storage units, and rear air vents.
SEAT León Cupra 290, was manufactured between 2015 and 2016, as a replacement for Cupra 280 – powered by the same 2Litre engine from the Cupra 280, but with an extra 10 bhp. The Cupra 290 can accelerate 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph. Available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The 290 came in three body styles – three-door hatchback (León SC), five-door hatchback (León) and five-door estate (León ST) – and in a higher-specification Black version; which included sports seats, special 19in multi-spoke alloy wheels, and black detailing.
SEAT León Cupra 300, was manufactured between 2017–2018 to replace the Cupra 290, it used the same 2 Litre turbocharged engine from León Cupra 290 but boosted to 296 bhp and capable of 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds.
Available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox. ST estate version was fitted with a DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.
In response to new WLTP testing regimes, SEAT announced in 2018 that the León Cupra 300 would be replaced with a new León Cupra 290. Changes to the revised model included the addition of a gasoline particulate filter (GPF), and as the name suggests, gave the 2WD hatchback a 290PS power output. The ST Estate retained its 300 PS power output, but was also fitted with a GPF system.
The León Cupra R is on the standard Cupra 300 but with an uprated 306 bhp 2 Litre turbocharged engine; with a 0-62 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Cupra Rs were available only with a six-speed manual gearbox in the UK. External changes include exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, reprofiled bumpers with larger front intakes, flared side skirts, and carbon fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and roof-mounted spoiler.