Skoda is introducing its fastest production Octavia so far – third generation Skoda Octavia vRS. Available in saloon and estate body styles, the Skoda Octavia vRS is powered by either a 217bhp 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine from the Volkswagen Golf GTI or a 181bhp 2.0-liter TDI diesel powerplant from the Golf GTD.
The petrol version could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 154mph. On the other hand, the vRS diesel could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 144mph. Both engines are paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed DSG dual-clutch is optional.
Skoda claims the new Octavia vRS to be 19-percent more fuel efficient than the second-generation model. The front-drive Octavia vRS features sports suspension and an electronic XDS differential as standard, which helps improved traction and reduce understeering. The model is also equipped with a ‘progressive’ steering set-up with a quicker rack.
One could easily tell the new Octavia vRS apart from other Octavias as it sports a new front grille, honeycomb air intakes, new front and rear bumpers and a black rear diffuser. It also features chrome trapezoidal exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, LED rear lights and bi-xenon front headlights with integrated LEDs. Buyers could choose from alloy wheel sizes of 17, 18 and 19 inches. Offered on the 17-inch wheels are 225/45 tires, and on the 18s and 19s are 225/45.
The interior of the new Skoda Octavia vRS boasts of sports seats, a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and sill plates, and a new instrument panel. The model also features black trim and vRS badging. Set for rollout in August in the United Kingdom, the third-generation Skoda Octavia vRS has a starting price of £22,500. It will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2013.