Seat Leon WTCC 2006 posters

Seat Leon WTCC

The SEAT León is a small family car that has been manufactured by Spanish car maker SEAT since 1999. It uses the Volkswagen A platform and has components that are also used in the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Škoda Octavia. León Mk. I (1999-2005) The SEAT León Mk I was introduced as a more affordable and sporty variant of the Volkswagen Golf. It has a sleeker look and features stiffer suspension to improve handling, along with stronger engines for the more expensive models. Available engines range from a 1.4 L 4-cylinder to a 2.8 L V6 with 204 PS (150 kW) of power. The SEAT León Cupra comes with a 1.8 Turbo engine that packs 180 PS (132 kW), while the León Cupra R is equipped with 225 PS (165 kW). There is also a 150 PS (110 kW) version of VW's 1.9 TDI that is either found in the Cupra or, later on, in the FR (Formula Racing) models. Certain Leons also have all wheel drive, which works in conjunction with the Haldex differential found in the VW Golf 4Motion. All the engines with more than 130 PS (96 kW) have a manual 6-speed transmission. León Mk. II The newer León, based on the Volkswagen Golf V platform, has a sleeker look with recessed windscreen wipers and well-integrated rear door handles. It was designed by Walter de'Silva and utilizes the same design language that was first seen in the SEAT Altea. Unlike the Golf, the León has a limited range of engines. The base model has an 8-valve 1.6 L engine that offers 102 PS (75 kW). Higher end models come with a 2.0 FSI with 150 PS (110 kW) and a 2.0 TDI Diesel with 140 PS (103 kW). Both of these engines have 6-speed manual transmissions, with the DSG semi-automatic option being available. To top it all off, there is a 2.0 TFSI unique to this model that delivers 185 PS (136 kW). Despite the attractive list price and swish performance, it gained minimal attention and average reviews, so it was later discontinued and made way for the sportier FR variants.

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