We’re big fans of the new Skoda Octavia here at carwow – in its latest incarnation, the Octavia doesn’t feel too far removed from a scaled-down luxury saloon.
That makes the new vRS you see here an interesting crossover product.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and using the same drivetrain as the new Golf GTI, is the new vRS a rival to other hot hatchbacks (just in a slightly larger scale) or a bona fide sport saloon, to rival BMWs and Audis?
Whatever pigeonhole you choose for the new vRS its performance credentials are in little doubt.
Buyers can opt for the full-fat 2.0-litre TSI petrol, or a 2.0-litre TDI unit. The former puts out 220 PS, the later 184, and each comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox.
From there the cars offer their own benefits: The petrol car is quickest, with a 6.8-second 0-62 mph sprint and a top speed comfortably over 150 mph.
The vRS TDI reaches the same acceleration benchmark in 8.1 seconds and a marginally less prison-worthy top speed of 144 mph, but like the Golf GTD that shares its engine, expect economy figures into the 60s. Both engines are optionally available with a six-speed dual-clutch auto.
There are plenty more changes under the skin to differentiate the vRS from the humbler cars we tested a few months back.
Sports suspension drops the car by 12mm (13mm on the estate), and a multi-link rear suspension system replaces the torsion bar setup at the rear. Skoda has also equipped vRS models with an electronic differential lock, replicating the effects of a mechanical limited-slip differential for better traction in corners.
And of course, there’s the way it looks – the Octavia’s crisp lines remain, enhanced with striking 17, 18 and 19-inch wheel options, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, honeycomb air intakes, new front and rear bumpers and more.
It’s more aggressive than before too, thanks to pronounced arches adding a few inches of width to the body. Inside there are sports seats, a perforated leather sport steering wheel, stainless sill plates and pedals, a new display design and abundant vRS logos.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Not yet announced
The Skoda Octavia vRS’s appeal continues to grow – and not just because the decade-old originals can now be bought for little over a grand!
In its latest incarnation the vRS is quicker and more economical than ever, but also looks more sophisticated. We’ll have to wait for a drive before we decide whether it’s still an enlarged hot hatch or a bargain sports saloon, but you’ll be able to form your own opinions when the car debuts at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 10th.
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