[Video] Winter is over, but the Seat Leon Cupra still plays with huskies image

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).

[Video] Winter is over, but the Seat Leon Cupra still plays with huskies 4

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.