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Performance Review: Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 - [2015]

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Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 - [2015]

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Figures & Specs Summary:

  • Year: 2015 | Type: Estate
  • Engine: 1984 cc (121.0 ci) 16 Valve
  • Engine Formation: St4
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Transmission: 6 speed / Manual
  • Top Speed: 155 mph (249.4 kph)
  • 0-60 mph (96.6 kph): 6.0 secs
  • 0-100 kph (0-62 mph): 6.2 secs
  • 0-100 mph (160.9 kph): 0.0 secs
  • Power: 261 bhp (194 kW) @ 5350 rpm
  • Kerbweight: 1440 kgs (3174 lbs)
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft (349.8 Nm) @ 1750 rpm
  • Drive: FWD | Engine Location: Front
  • 1/4 Mile (Est.): 14.18 secs @ 96.5 mph
  • BHP Per Ton: 181.2 bhp
  • Torque Per Ton: 179.1 lb-ft
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Seat Leon Performance Review.

Introduction:

This edition of the Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 is the 6 speed / Manual version and was first brought out in 2015. This was at around the same time as the introduction of the 2016 Bugatti Chiron 8.0 W16 Quad Turbo and the 2015 Koenigsegg Regera 5.0 V8 Turbo.This particular Seat Leon has a 1984cc Turbo Petrol powerplant with 4 cylinders in a St formation.

Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged - [2013] image

Alternative Petrol St4's includes the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged

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, Estate combination then how about the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD 3.5 V6 or the 2018 Audi A3 RS3 2.5 Turbo.

Power and Weight:

Weighing in at 1440 kgs (3174 lbs) this makes the Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 in the same weight category as the 2020 Honda Civic Type R 2.0 16V Touring or the give or take 50kg.

Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD - [2021] image

The Seat Leon shares the same bhp with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD (266 bhp)

In terms of power the 1984cc 16V St4 engine produces 261 bhp (194 kW) @ 5350 rpm similar to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD (266 bhp) or the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (243 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).

Power to Weight:

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.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 - [2014] image

The 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 (206.1 bhp per ton) has similar Bhp Per Ton stats as the Seat Leon.

The Seat Leon has a Power to weight ratio of 181.2 bhp per ton and 179.1 lb-ft per ton. Bhp Per Ton figures of the 2015 Leon competing with the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 (206.1 bhp per ton) or the 1969 Lamborghini Espada S II (205.8 bhp per ton).


Power to Weight(cont.):

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 179.1 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 2005 Dodge Magnum 5.7 V8 RT (204.1 lb-ft per ton) or the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 5.7 V8 370 (203.9 lb-ft per ton).

Acceleration:

With a 0-60mph time of 6.0 secs or a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of 6.2 secs, this made the Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 as fast as the 2019 Land-Rover Defender 110 3.0 Turbo (6.0 secs) the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT 3.6 V6 AWD (6.0 secs) the 2017 Toyota Century 5.0 V8 (6.0 secs) the or the 2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 DSG (6.0 secs). This Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 is also faster than the 2017 Maserati Ghibli 3.0 V6 Diesel (6.1 secs) the 2017 Hyundai i30 N 2.0 Turbo (6.1 secs) the 2017 Land-Rover Velar 3.0 SDV6 300 (6.1 secs) the and the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works 2.0 Turbo Auto (6.1 secs).

Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE - [2008] image

Quarter Mile time is a close race between the Leon and the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE

When talking about the performance of the Seat Leon on the drag strip it can reach a quarter mile in an estimated 14.18 secs @ 96.5 mph. Similar performance down the quarter mile can be found with the the 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE (14.11 secs), the 2012 Tesla Model S 85 kWh (14.11 secs), and the 2012 Lexus LS 600h (14.11 secs).

Top Speed:

Modern performance cars are often artificially restricted to 155mph. The 2015 version of the Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 has a maximum speed of 155mph.

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Top Speed of the 2015 Leon equals the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 5.0 V8 (166 mph)

If maxing out your car on the AutoBahn is your thing and you're wondering what's faster than the 2015 Seat Leon ST Cupra 265 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).

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