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In the fight of the fastest front-wheel drive so far most of the Mégane RS pulled victorious from the affair. Seat Leon Cupra SC 280 and the first time Michelin-frosted Astra OPC now compete to change the the.

Have you ever inspected the Döttinger height to tourist drivers-times? Yes? Then the following question: Which Compact can be found there – in terms of its absolute Approvals – in sheer number of inflationary? Right! Not the GTI , the OPC and so far not even the Cupra this world; they are the products of Renault Sport, which there rehearse the big show running. Mégane in bright yellow or bright blue; adjusted meticulous, finely planed in camber, toe and caster, so many ambitious moving M3 to spoil the day, the effects of various air pressures through discussion in the aftermath zehntelbargenau and before you wonder why it has now passed again not for less than eight minutes.

All far-fetched? Not at all! Although the official Mégane record for front-wheel drive is at 8:08 minutes, was anno 2011, however, as investors moved out, as it really can make only French. Motto: tank full, oil in it, from it! But why should one have time to bother with exaggerated perfectionism? Serious competition was ultimately few and far between. And the few that are conceptually aimed at the Mégane were not as uncompromising dressed as the hard-hitting three-door model with 35-percent barrier, ISAS front suspension together with independent steering axis and probably the stiffest Vorderachsstabi which the compact class has ever seen.

Seat Leon Cupra SC 280 The new Leon Cupra firm commitment to versatility, making him but did not stop to pick up the Nurburgring record for front-wheel drive to Spain. Once T13 and back, according to the official press release makes 7:58 minutes, ten seconds less than before. How is it? Well, in principle, the Seat anticipates what VW in the future as the Scirocco R will push into the market. Means: Technically, understands the Spaniard as specially flavored hybrid of a lot of Golf R and a little Golf GTI. 2.0-liter TSI with 280 PS and 350 Nm omnipresent plateau, Adaptivfahrwerk, progressive steering, electro-mechanical differential lock, standard 19-inch wheels, sport brake in the 340-millimeter format forward. Technical modernity at its best, therefore, which, however, the only reason why it can promise sexy times because they may act out what a VW normally is denied: the decidedly sporty tuning that one traditionally much more intense herausspürt in a Cupra than in other Group siblings.

Opel Astra OPC The Opel pumping torque like no other, but gathered selbiges only for speed center. He is more oppressor because Dreher speaks of something tough and can, when the boost pressure then once shoots into the inlet side, barely dose and suffers from 5500 / min from chronic apathy. So fix pick up the thick stick shift and reload the next gear? Possible, although not exactly encouraging. For although Opel once again vowed to have optimized the ability to switch, scratch the in principle smooth circuit with rapid leadership still loudly and unruly by their streets. To make matters literally of course comes the Astra platform of solid construction which will brings 1561 kg and with almost 200 pounds of extra weight compared to the competition.

Renault Mégane RS Cup The Mégane remains even after the facelift mechanically honest or just extremely one-dimensional depending on the perspective: Cup chassis, Michelin Pilot Sport 2, Brembo brakes, lock and Sport mode for the full 360 Nm! Everything as always so; which is somehow time travels differently. Firstly, the test car waived leathered Recaro shells, which on the one hand some lateral support costs, but on the other hand, at least a touch of comfort mixed into the otherwise quite hard pleasure. On the other hand, the chassis in camber and toe seems to be not quite as tuned kurvenaffin as in the previous test car.

Specifications Opel Renault Seat
Motor R4, Turbo
Mounting position Mounted transversely
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 2
Capacity 1998 cm3 1998 cm3 1984 cm3
Bore and Stroke 86.0 x 86.0 mm 82.7 x 93.0 mm 82.5 x 92.8 mm
Compression 9.3: 1 8.6: 1 9.3: 1
kW (hp) at 1/min 206 (280) / 5500 195 (265) / 5500 206 (280) / 5700-6200
Specific Output 140 hp / l 133 hp / l 141 hp / l
Nm at 1/min 400/2500-4500 360/3000-5000 350/1750-5600
Engine Front
Transmission 6-speed manual
Front brakes 355 mm / ventilated / perforated 340 mm / inner-vented 340 mm / inner-vented
Rear brakes 315 mm / perforated 290 mm 310 mm / inner-vented
Wheel Size 8.5 x 20 8.25 x 18 8 x 19
Tire size 245/35 ZR 20 235/40 ZR 18 235/35 R 19
Tyre Type Michelin Pilot Super Sport Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Bridgestone Potenza RE 050 A
Length / width / height 4466/1840/1489 mm 4299/1848/1435 mm 4236/1810/1423 mm
Wheelbase 2695 mm 2646 mm 2631 mm
Tank volume 56 l 60 l 50 l
Price test car 37,985 € 29,540 € 32,110 €

Conclusion

Best longitudinal dynamics, fastest lap time, quality equipment and a character who is as versatile as balanced – the rational Seat holds all the cards on his side. The emotional car is still the Renault, although it no longer justifies his uncompromising style with numbers, but remains as authentic as no other. Unfortunately Latest: OPC, probably even the seat could be dangerous if its high weight would not.