Seat Leon CUP Racer TCR adds sequential gearbox image

SEAT’s motorsport unit has decided to reveal it has updated the Leon CUP Racer, essentially treating it to a motorsport-facelift in time for the vehicle’s racing debut taking place in April.

The 2016-spec Leon CUP RACER has been billed by the company as a “top-flight motorsport machine”, and will continue to use a feisty turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 330 horsepower (243 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton meters) of torque. But the motorsport division of the Spanish automaker has decided to delve deeper into the model and came up with modifications that improve the aerodynamic package in order to come up faster out of bends and accelerate quicker on the straights. Additionally, the latest version of the CUP RACER also packs a new cooling package and a reworked exhaust system to lift the performances. The engineers also took care of ride and handling by adding new shock absorbers that are adjustable in both directions and the modified 100-liter safety tank now has a rapid fuelling system.

The most important novelty in earnest is the addition of a sequential, six-speed gearbox from SADEV that will be offered on the version tailored for the TCR International Series. Instead of the classic gearstick now the driver will have paddles on the steering wheel. And the TCR-ready Leon also has the same AP six-piston brake calipers and a mechanical differential lock at the front axle. The Leon CUP RACER can be had from Seat Sport starting at 85,000 euros (excluding taxes) and the sequential gearbox version will go from €110,000 (also without taxes).