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SEAT returns to Autosport International this week in style, with a lively stand that will show off both its sporty road cars and its racing Leons. In addition, the highly anticipated driver line-up for this year’s SEAT BTCC team will be made public.
The show, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from 11th to 14th January, is the world’s biggest motorsport show, and the perfect showcase for both SEAT’s road cars and its track challengers.
Motorsport fans will enjoy getting up close and personal with two racing Leons: the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Leon, and the new-for-2007 SEAT Cupra Championship car – and both look jaw-droppingly dramatic. The BTCC car is the 2007 version of the racer that enabled SEAT to win the Manufacturers’ Trophy last year. Following a year’s worth of valuable experience with the vehicle, SEAT hopes to repeat the performance this season.
The SEAT Cupra Championship, now into its fifth year, is one of the UK’s most important one-make series, with the largest prize fund in UK motorsport. For the past four years it has featured a fleet of original Leon Cupras, and this will be the first year it will also star the new car. A large number of both vehicles will race alongside each other, in two separate classes.
The biggest draw of the stand will undoubtedly be the new generation Leon Cupra road car, which previously made its world debut at the British Motor Show. Set to go on sale on 1st March, the new super-hatch is the most powerful production SEAT to date, with 240 PS, and costs £19,595 RRP. It will be joined by an Ibiza Cupra and SEAT’s new sporty family car, launched this month, the super-sized Altea XL.