Based on the acclaimed third-generation Octavia launched earlier this year, the new Octavia vRS model made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, showcasing a host of engineering innovations, dramatic design and pulse-quickening performance.
It is loaded with technology as standard, as it aims to continue the UK’s fondness of the vRS badge. With new technologies combining to make the car lighter and more affordable to run, the new model is the most complete vRS package ever offered.
“The new Octavia vRS has a very special place in the heart of everyone at Škoda.” Says Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director Škoda UK. “It unites our love of motorsport, sharp design and bold engineering, and is one of the most exciting cars we’ve ever made. We’re confident that the new Octavia’s unique mix of space, practicality and performance give it a real edge in an area of the market where we have enjoyed fantastic growth over recent years.”
Offered in both hatchback and estate forms, the new Octavia vRS combines bold, motorsport-inspired design with practical and clever use of space. The hatch offers 590 litres of boot space with the rear seats in position, while the estate delivers 610 litres of luggage room. With the rear seats folded, the figures rise to 1,580 litres and 1,740 litres respectively.
Under the bonnet, there is an engine line-up that is sure to excite potential buyers. Two advanced powerplants are available: a 2.0 TSI petrol that generates 220PS, and the most powerful diesel engine ever to be offered in an Octavia- a 2.0 TDI 184PS. Both are available with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or the very popular and acclaimed DSG automatic.
To allow drivers to fully unleash the vRS’s performance, Škoda has engineered a new chassis set up that features a lowered ride height and advanced multi-link rear suspension design. Electronic differential lock (XDS) is fully integrated into the Octavia’s electronic stability control (ESC) system, and helps improves traction in corners. The new Octavia also introduces a new progressive steering system that varies the amount of lock required according to road speed.
If what you have read takes your fancy, then you will be pleased to know that the new Octavia vRS is available to order now, and goes on sale in the UK on Thursday 1 August.