I gotta say that when Seat comes to mind, I love the Leon model; always have. I had the chance to test-drive the petrol-powered model – the previous one – and it was an awesome ride; luckily for me it was a no-limit zone on the free-way (Autobahn, Germany). I’m not really a big fan of the new Leon’s design and body lines, but I suppose there’s room for improvements; probably why JE Design has introduced their new tuning program for the SEAT Leon FR.
Let’s take a closer look! On the outside front, the model can be equipped with “carbon look” components: a front spoiler, side skirts and a rear bumper insert. The company also provides a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a stainless steel sports exhaust system – that should sound cool – and lowering springs, which allow a ride height reduction of 30mm. That, combined with the KW coilover suspension and a variety of 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels should definitely translate into a nice, fast ride – just how we like it!
Speaking of fast, let’s check out what’s under the bonnet: a 1.8-liter TSI engine, tuned up to produce 215 HP (158 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 35 HP (25 kW) and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft) compared to the stock version. This is why the hatchback now accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph) – that’s for me to check out for myself. Still, it sounds promising and the looks have improved. Thank you, JE Design!