This edition of the Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC is the 6 speed / Paddle Shift version and was first brought out in 2014. This was at around the same time as the introduction of the 2015 Koenigsegg Regera 5.0 V8 Turbo and the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS 5.1 V8 Twin Turbo.This particular Seat Leon has a 1984cc Turbo Petrol powerplant with 4 cylinders in a St formation.
The Leon shares its Petrol St4 engine configuration with the likes of the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged and the 2011 BAC Mono 280bhp. If you're looking for other fast cars which share the Leon's Front Wheel Drive, Hatchback combination then how about the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD 3.5 V6 or the 2018 Audi A3 RS3 2.5 Turbo.
Weighing in at 1395 kgs (3075 lbs) this makes the Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC in the same weight category as the 2021 Honda Civic Type R 2.0 16V Limited Edition or the give or take 50kg.
In terms of power the 1984cc 16V St4 engine produces 276 bhp (205 kW) @ 5700 rpm similar to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD (266 bhp) or the 2021 KIA K5 GT 2.5 Turbo (290 bhp).
The Turbo St4 throws out 258 lb-ft (349.8 Nm) @ 1750 rpm placing it with cars of similar torque performance figures such as the 2020 Audi A3 S3 Saloon (280 lb-ft) or the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD 3.5 V6 (267 lb-ft).
If one combines the weight with power or torque performance for the Seat Leon you can get a better idea of it's real world performance.
The 2019 Audi Q3 RS Sportback 2.5 Turbo (222.5 bhp per ton) has similar Bhp Per Ton stats as the Seat Leon.
The Seat Leon has a Power to weight ratio of 197.8 bhp per ton and 184.9 lb-ft per ton. Bhp Per Ton figures of the 2014 Leon competing with the 2019 Audi Q3 RS Sportback 2.5 Turbo (222.5 bhp per ton) or the 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi 1.6 Turbo 272 (222.4 bhp per ton).
If you agree with the late great Carroll Shelby then arguably an even better indicator of potential performance, Torque. Use weight as well and you end up with - Torque per ton, with the Seat Leon generating around 184.9 lb-ft per ton. If you're curious as to what other cars have as much torque to weight then look no further than the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle-Malibu SS 454 Coupe 4 Speed 2nd Gen (209.9 lb-ft per ton) or the 2004 BMW 5 Series M5 V10 4d SMG E60 (209.8 lb-ft per ton).
With a 0-60mph time of 5.6 secs or a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of 5.8 secs, this made the Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC as fast as the 2020 Maserati Ghibli GranSport Petrol Hybrid (5.6 secs) the 2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range (5.6 secs) the 2018 Renault Megane RS 1.8 Turbo 300 Trophy EDC (5.6 secs) the or the 2018 Renault Megane RS 1.8 Turbo 300 Trophy (5.6 secs). This Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC is also faster than the 2019 Ford Focus ST 2.3 EcoBoost Wagon (5.7 secs) the 2016 Volkswagen-VW Golf GTi 2.0 Turbo Clubsport (5.7 secs) the 2014 Abarth 695 Biposto 1.4 Turbo (5.7 secs) the and the 2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 (5.7 secs).
When talking about the performance of the Seat Leon on the drag strip it can reach a quarter mile in an estimated 14.04 secs @ 97.4 mph. Similar performance down the quarter mile can be found with the the 1992 BMW 8 Series 850 CSi 5.6 V12 E31 (14.00 secs), the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne Speed 6.8 V8 Turbo (14.00 secs), and the 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (14.01 secs).
Modern performance cars are often artificially restricted to 155mph. The 2014 version of the Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC has a maximum speed of 155mph.
If maxing out your car on the AutoBahn is your thing and you're wondering what's faster than the 2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG SC then how about the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 5.0 V8 (166 mph), the 1991 Alpine A610 3.0 V6 (166 mph), or the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 6.4 V8 392 (167 mph).