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Fastest Leon ever? Sounds promising… It is. We’ve driven the Leon Cupra R before, but mainly on the quiet, smooth-ish mountain roads of its native Spain (where it was photographed - sorry). Often cars behave quite differently when they arrive in the UK, and are confronted by our uniquely terrible road surfaces. Just because we liked it in Spain – my estimable colleague Stephen Dobie called it “the most focused and fun Seat yet” – doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll like it in Britain. So, do you? Let’s revisit the headlines first. This is the third Leon Cupra R and by far and away the most powerful, with 306bhp from the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine it shares with the VW Golf R, GTI and so-on. Power is routed through the front wheels only via a six-speed manual gearbox (a DSG is available in other markets) for 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and 155mph. More negative camber and retuned steering are supposed to make the R quicker-reacting than a standard Cupra, you get bigger Brembo brakes and can specify sticky Michelin Cup tyres for £855. The suspension is no lower, but a new bodykit conceals the R’s marginally wider tracks and gives it a better stance than standard. There’s also (too) much bronzing, and inside, Alcantara on the wheel and gearlever.