This is the most powerful production car from Seat – and we all know the Leon Cupra ST is a favorite of ‘Ring drivers – but this time around it faced a different challenge: go against the definitive frozen winter dog breed.
Seat has decided to test and showcase the all-wheel-drive capabilities of the recently enhanced to 300-hp Leon Cupra wagon, so it contacted racing driver Jordi Gené and asked him to head to Lapland. But it wasn’t to chase down Santa’s location, but to compete against a sled pulled by six Alaskan and Siberian huskies. It might be unfair to pit 300 ponies with all-wheel drive against six dogs, but it was just for fun and also to highlight some of the car’s assets. Fret not, the huskies are a force of nature – they can pull their own weight of around 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and run for as much as 81 miles (130 kilometers) in a single day. They’re also among the faster dog breeds (top 20) and can speed up to 25 mph (40 kph).
The sled and the Leon faced off on the cold Lake Pikku-Nissi — one of the 188,000 lakes in Finland. The Leon Cupra ST DSG 4Drive costs €35,440 at home in Spain so it’s the most expensive Leon that can be had – by the way, the Cupra and AWD mix can only be had on the practical wagon version. The model uses the familiar Golf R turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 300 hp (224 kW) and 380 Newton-meters (280 pound-feet) of torque, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.