2007 SEAT Leon FR

2007 SEAT Leon FR
2007 SEAT Leon FR

It is official: the 2007 SEAT Leon FR performance hatchback will be unveiled next week during the upcoming Madrid Motor Show trade fair.

Like its siblings that were introduced last year, the second-generation 2007 Seat Leon FR shares its Volkswagen A4 (PQ34) platform with the fourth-generation VW Golf, which is nearing the end of its product life as we speak.

Although the new Spanish warmed-up hatchback seems to be not as advanced as its German relative, i
t is clear that the new car will compete directly against its German relative — the new VW Golf GTi.

According to the company, the 2007 SEAT Leon FR will be available with a choice of only two engines.

2007 SEAT Leon FR (rear view)

The 2.0-liter TFSI powerplant, which is mated to Volkswagen’s high-performance DSG gearbox, will come directly from the aforementioned VW Golf GTi and will provide the car with 197 horsepower and enormous (for such a small vehicle) 280 Nm of torque.

With this engine, the car takes only 7.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/h and returns quite an impressive fuel economy of only 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers (Those are official numbers. I seriously doubt that it will drink less than 10 L/100km in real life with its traffic jams, morning warm-ups and occasional traffic light duels.)

The second engine will work on diesel fuel. Being equipped with the common rail fuel injection system, the 2.0-liter TDI engine is able to produce about 168bhp and even more impressive 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque and will let you run about 5 L/100 km (47.1 mpg) on the combined cycle.

The fuel-efficiency comes at a highs price, though.

Seat says that the Leon FR TDI will take long and painful 8.2 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100km/h.

On the other hand, there is a good chance that the high-torque engine will provide the car with good zero 60 km/h acceleration, which may be handy in cities.

The petrol-powered version of the car will cost £16,995, and the diesel will sell at £17,495.

2007 SEAT Leon FR (interior)

Photos: Seat

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