The new SEAT Leon Cupra 280 has set a new record for a front-wheel drive car at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.

Its time of 7:58.4 makes it the first front-wheel drive production car to complete a lap in under eight minutes.

The record was broken by SEAT ETCC and WTCC driver Jordi Gene, driving a standard Leon Cupra 280 with optional Performance Pack (currently unavailable in the UK).

Jordi’s average speed was 96mph, and he hit 150mph on the fastest Tiergarten section of the circuit.

The Leon Cupra is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 265PS or, in the Cupra 280, 280PS.  Both have identical torque figures of 350Nm.

The standard Cupra can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, while the 280 can complete the same sprint in 5.7 seconds when mated to the optional DSG transmission.

Prices start at £25,690 for the SC Cupra, £26,940 for the SC Cupra 280 and £27,240 for the five-door Cupra 280.