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Hot Seat Leon FR to rival hot hatches

Yes, Seat is to get into the ring with hotties such as the Golf GTI, Astra GTC Turbo, Ford Focus ST and Renault Megane RS.

And the model Seat will send into the hot hatch battle field is its sizzling new León FR, which has just been unveiled to the world media. Its "FR" badging also hints at its sporty nature as it stands for "Formula Racing".

Seat South Africa's spokesperson Rudi Venter told Wheels24 that the Leon FR is also due for local introduction.

It comes with two power units - one petrol and one diesel. The petrol unit is the same to that found in the GTI, which is VW's 147 kW 2.0 TFSI engine.

This highly acclaimed engine produces maximum torque of 280 Nm on tap between 1 800 and 5 000 r/min. As a result, the car accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in just 7.0 seconds in fifth gear, and in 8.9 seconds in sixth.

The León is propelled from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, goes on to reach a top speed of 229 km/h and covers 1000 m from a standing start in 27.6 seconds.

The diesel version kicks out a healthy 124 kW and this model achieves a top speed of 214 km/h while it sprints from 0 to100 km/h sprint in 8.2. Seat says the average fuel consumption for this model is just 6.0 litres per 100 km.

Naturally the car has a very sporty design which is set-off by exclusive FR bumpers, polished stainless steel twin tailpipes and silver-painted door mirror housings, which really stand out from the rest of the body.

There are also sporty 17-inch wheels, which can be upgraded to still more striking 18-inch versions as an option.

Volkswagen South Africa is to launch the Seat brand here in June.


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