Set to be launched in March 2015, the new hot estate combines up to 1,470 litres of boot space with a 0-62mph time of as little as 6.0 seconds.
It can even be fitted with the Sub8 Performance Pack, which is what helped take the SC Cupra three-door to its sub-eight minute Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time. Costing £2,025, this includes bigger Brembo brakes, 19-inch multi-spoke alloys and black or orange side skirts.
Taking it even further from cooking estate status are optional semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. SEAT hasn’t confirmed if the ST Cupra 280 will actually be capable of lapping the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes, though.
The Leon ST Cupra 280 estate joins the Ford Focus ST and recent Volkswagen Golf R estates in the hot wagon ranks; it seems quick load-luggers are growing in popularity once again.
Leon ST Cupra 280: as spicy as the SC
As standard, the ST Cupra 280 uses the same chassis setup as three- and five-door hatch Leon Cupras. This includes Dynamic Chassis Control, front axle differential lock, progressive steering and a more dynamic ESC tune.
It also shares the 280hp 2.0-litre TSI engine which can average up to 42.8mpg and emit CO2 as little as 154g/km.
Differentiating it from non-Cupra ST estates are titanium-finish wheels, aero pack with rear spoiler, Cupra-branded brake calipers and black door mirrors. There are bigger air intakes at the front, where there are also full LED headlights as standard, and there’s a diffuser-style panel in the rear bumper and twin oval exhausts.
Add further sporting clout with the White Line, Black Line or Orange Line packs. As their name suggests, they offer colour-coded lines around the radiator grille, door mirrors and parts of the alloys.
“The new Leon ST Cupra is the perfect complement to our high-performance model line-up,” said Jurgen Stackmann, president of SEAT S.A. “The combination of refined performance and expressive dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and compelling utility make it utterly unique”, he added, maybe forgetting the recent LA reveal of the Golf R estate.
“The Leon ST CUPRA shows the SEAT brand values at their best.”
Prices haven’t yet been revealed; expect a premium of around £1,000 over the five-door estate, meaning a list price of around £28,500.