The Goodwood Festival of Speed may pander to the rare, exotic and expensive, but we're looking forward to something rather more humble when the show opens on Thursday.
That car is the new Skoda Octavia vRS, the latest iteration of everyone's favourite bargain hot hatchback.
How much of a bargain? This time around, pricing starts from £22,990, around three grand cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf GTI with which it shares a platform.
That'll be no surprise to existing vRS fans, who are used to paying less and getting more with Skoda's hatch. Previous vRS Octavias have always undercut their Volkswagen cousins, yet offered greater passenger and boot space into the equation.
A full 590 litres is available to vRS buyers, or 610 litres if they opt for the striking Estate. This model starts at £23,790, while TDI diesel versions of hatch and estate start at £23,260 and £24,060 respectively.
Both petrol and diesel vRS can also be specified with the now-familiar dual-clutch DSG transmission, which adds £1,390 to the on-the-road price of each car.
With 220 PS, it's the 2.0 TSI that has the edge on performance, reaching 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds and smashing the 150 mph barrier.
The diesel hits the same accelerative benchmark in 8.1 seconds and "only" does 144 mph, but it's the more frugal of the duo - mpg is in the 60s, while hatch and estate both emit only 119 g/km of CO2. This ensures a low VED rating and low Benefit In Kind tax too, at just 18 percent.
Standard kit includes 18" Gemini alloy wheels, parking sensors, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Bluetooth, DAB, dual-zone aircon, lane-assist, touchscreen infotainment... too much to list. Skoda will no doubt have a glossy brochure on hand at Goodwood, so we suggest you pick one up.
Priced from: £22,990
Available from: Order now, deliveries August 1st
Skoda's Goodwood launch for the Octavia vRS is fitting, giving the car a real "of the people" vibe in place of the shiny motor show debut of most vehicles. Huge levels of kit, plenty of space and 150 mph performance will be more than enough to draw in buyers, and a price that undercuts its Volkswagen GTI cousin by several grand can't hurt either.
We can't wait to get a taste of the new Octavia vRS - and when we do, you'll be reading all about it on carwow.
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