SEAT Leon 1.4 TSI 140 HP Acceleration Test

By now, you guys have probably noticed the much sexier third-generation SEAT Leon, or as people like to call it, the Leon 3. The car is built around a new platform shared with VW Golf 7. It's not only sportier in terms of looks, but also in terms of performance.
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One model we're particularly interested in is the one equipped with the new 1.4-liter engine. Not to be confused with the old 122 PS version, this is brand new and belongs to the EA888 generation of drivetrains.

The 1.4 TSI unit offers cylinder deactivation, which actually makes this 140 PS engine just as efficient as a much less powerful 1.2 TSI. Official figures claim 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.2 seconds and top speed is 211 km/h (131 mph) for the 5-door version of the Leon with a manual gearbox.

Turkish magazine put the car to the test and found that 0 to 100 km/h took them 8.6 seconds to reach on the first try. That's decent enough for a press car that's been pushed hard.

We also found another video of a similarly set up Leon being pushed to its maximum speed. Not surprisingly, it has absolutely no problem clocking over 200 km/h and at one point shows 215 km/h on the clock.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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