Seat has launched a limited-run hot 296bhp Leon Cupra R ST estate, which features four-wheel drive and a top speed of 155mph.
The car is based on the recent range-topping Leon Cupra R hatch, featuring the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed DSG gearbox to achieve a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.9sec.
Where the Cupra R hatchback was front-wheel drive only, the ST estate uses a four-wheel-drive system, with subtle tweaks to the wheel camber on both axles aimed at improving ride quality and cornering speed.
As with the hatch version, the R ST is marked out from the rest of the Leon range by copper exterior trim and use of carbonfibre on the front splitter, mirrors, side skirts and rear diffuser. Brembo performance brakes sit behind 19in alloy wheels, while the four exhaust tips hint at the model’s performance potential.
Inside, the door panels are finished in a carbonfibre-style pattern, while the vent surrounds, steering wheel badge and stitching are finished in the same copper colour as the exterior trim.
An 8in touchscreen, Alcantara steering wheel and gearshift, keyless entry and rear-view camera are also fitted as standard.
The driver and front passenger sit in sports-style bucket seats, which Seat says encourage an enthusiastic driving style, while maintaining comfort on longer journeys.
Antonino Labate, director of strategy, business development and operations for Cupra, said the new Cupra R ST is “the amalgamation of the brand’s experience in motor racing and the ability of our design and engineering teams to seamlessly mix performance and functionality”.
Although Cupra is now a stand-alone sub-brand, existing Seat models tuned by the performance arm will continue to bear Seat badges to avoid confusion.
It is not clear whether the Leon Cupra R ST will be available in greater numbers than the hatchback variant, of which only 24 came to the UK.
UK pricing has yet to be announced, but expect an increase over the £34,995 Cupra R hatchback.
Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin later this month.