In theory, the Nurburgring comparison delivered by this video belongs to the ...
In theory, the Nurburgring comparison delivered by this video belongs to the apple-to-orange category, since it pits the factory car (VW Golf GTI Clubsport S) against the tuned one (340 horsepower SEAT Leon Cupra), with the two even racing in different traffic and the weather conditions.
Nevertheless, this slightly-imaginary battle makes full sense in our book and there is more than one reason for that. For one thing, the S incarnation of a Clubsport VW GTI, which recently broke its own Nurburgring FWD record, might be the stock vehicle, but since it packs track-savvy moves such as the roll cage replacing the rear seats, we can’t exactly call the aftermarket bits on the SEAT unfair.
Speaking of which, we will go over the tuning bits and bobs that allow the SEAT to stand out from a platform-sharing Golf even more.
The two-liter turbo has been gifted with the ABT ECU remap that takes things to the output mentioned above, while the DSG also uses custom software.
In the road-hugging department, we find the KW Clubsport 3-way adjustable suspension with the bespoke setup handled by Raeder Motorsport. The Cupra talks to the track via the 18-inch ATS GTR wheels, which are shod in Dunlop Direzza tires that come in the size of 235/40 (make that 245/18 for the rear axle).
Since the Green Hell has the fetish for devouring braking hardware, a Leon has received MTM discs working with PFC Performance pads.
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