Skoda unveils Octavia vRS at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on July 12, 2013

Skoda Octavia vRS had its global debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed slated on July 11 to 14, 2013. Available at a starting price of £22,990, the new Octavia vRS sets new standards for value as its features a number of engineering innovations as well as eye-catching looks and performance.

The new Octavia vRS is derived from the third-generation Octavia that Skoda launched earlier this year. The Octavia vRS model boasts of a number of standard features developed to optimize car’s performance potential, as evidenced by its widely acclaimed vRS badge.

The new technologies in the Octavia vRS both made the car lighter and affordable to run, making it the most complete vRS package Skoda has offered. Alasdair Stewart, brand director for Skoda UK, remarked that the new Octavia vRS "has a very special place in the heart of everyone" at Skoda at it unites their "love of motorsport, sharp design and bold engineering."

He quipped that the new Octavia vRS is one of the most exciting cars they have made. The new Octavia vRS is available in both hatchback and estate forms. It features a motorsport-inspired design that pays homage to its iconic predecessors.

Even though it offers sporty performance, looks and technologies, the new Octavia vRS boasts of being practical and clever.

The hatch offers 590 liters of boot space with the rear seats in position. The estate version, meanwhile, offers 610 liters of luggage room. When the rear seats are folded, the hatch now offers 1,580 liters of space while the estate now provides 1,740 liters of room.

Skoda is making the new Octavia RS available in two new engines, which are more powerful (up to 10 percent) and more fuel efficient (by up to 19 percent) than their predecessors. These engines – both available with start-stop and regenerative braking systems as standard – include a 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engine that could deliver 162 kW (220 hp) of output, and 2.0-liter TDI diesel mill that could generate 135 kW (184 hp) of output.

When mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2.0 TSI petrol engine allows the new generation of the Skoda Octavia RS to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds, or around 0.4 second quicker than its equivalent predecessor. Moreover, this version of the new Octavia RS could go as fast as 248 km/h, which means it is faster than the second-generation Octavia RS by 6 km/h.

While boasting of better performance, this new petrol engine (as mated to a manual transmission) only consumes 6.2 liter of gasoline per 100 km (combined), which means it consumes 17 percent less fuel (savings of 1.3 liter per 100 km) than its predecessor. Likewise, it emits 33 grams less carbon dioxide per km, resulting to a figure of 142 g/km.

Meanwhile, the 2.0 TDI engine allows the Skoda Octavia RS to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 232 km/h. When mated to a manual gearbox, this engine consumes just 4.6 liters of diesel per 100 km (combined) and emits 119 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer -- around 19 percent better than its predecessor.

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