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.
A quick look at Škoda’s Octavia RS and one can immediately feel the emotion coming from it. While this model does have that athleticism, it is not loud about it. This is true whether for the estate variant or the saloon version. When compared to the second generation of the Octavia, the Octavia RS is wider and longer. Viewing it from the side though, this latest offering is lower versus the standard Octavia.
The front view remains to be attractive given the combination of the different features present. Here one can see the new design of the apron and the fog lights. It also comes with striking air inlets that follow a honeycomb pattern. New as well, now fitted as a standard, are the bi-xenon headlamps that are integrated to the daytime running lights which use LED.
Further, the RS badge placed on the grille is proof of the model’s athleticism. Another standard feature in the Octavia RS is the sports chassis having a clearance that is lower by 15 mm when compared to the standard Octavia. Precise front tracking is ensured due to the front axle being fitted with the MacPherson lower triangular wishbone suspension.
For the rear axle, Škoda put in a multi-link suspension. For this third-generation version, the brand equipped it with a new and advanced steering in order to deliver better agility and improved handling. When using this particular technology, the driver will only require small steering inputs in order to get the preferred curve radius. The implication is that when undergoing tight turns, less changes are needed from the steering wheel. Making this new steering mechanism possible is the innovative gear ratio.
Going back to standard features, the Octavia RS has the electronic stabilization program, or ESC, which has the electronic differential XDS lock. With this, the traction on the wheels is improved and at the same time lowers the chance of an understeer from occurring especially when going fast on a corner. Indeed, it is this XDS that has resulted in the Octavia RS boast a cornering quality that is more precise, faster, and sportier.