THIS, is the slightly monstrous and very suave looking Skoda Octavia vRS. Carhoots has the all the details and pictures.
Remember when Skoda’s were a bit odd? Not that long ago they offered things like car rubbish bins and er, engines as optional extras. While their cars still wear a dorky badge featuring what appears to be a confused seahorse’s head, Skoda are producing some genuinely impressive machinery.
Take exhibit ‘A’ here for example. It’s the new Skoda Octavia vRS, and it looks very spiffy, doesn’t it? It’s all angry and mean looking, but in a way, still friendly because it’s a Skoda with a Seahorse stuck to its face.
The Octavia vRS is, as the name suggests, a hot version of the Octavia family car. Beneath the bonnet is a 2.0liter turbo four-cylinder petrol fed power plant delivering 217hp to the front wheels via either six-speed manual or a DSG unit also with six cogs. The angry seahorse, sorry, Skoda takes just 6.8 seconds to reach 62mph and it’ll top out at a pretty hefty 154mph.
You could also have your Octavia vRS fitted with a 2.0liter diesel engine producing 181hp, enough to send the vRS to 62mph in 8.1 seconds. Though, that’d be about as fun as loosing your hearing aid half way through an intense game of Bingo. Get the petrol version.
The vRS sits 12mm lower than the standard Octavia and hugs the road more like a centipede than a seahorse, which is good. The fiery Octavia also receives the Volkswagen Groups XDS differential to contain all of that raw power and anger, plus, there’s a ‘progressive’ steering package with a faster rack for razor sharp responses.
The Octavia RS receives a few subtle styling enhancements to give it a meaner look. The front and rear bumpers are more aggressive, the latter housing twin exhaust tips, there’s also a little rear spoiler, some red brake calipers, black exterior mirror housings, and a set of 17, 18 or 19-inch alloys, all wearing 225 section rubber at each corner. The nineteen’s pictured here look remarkably similar to those stunning items fitted to the new Porsche 911 GT3, which we think is a much welcomed touch.
These styling tweaks all give the normally bland Octavia a look of subtle, refined rage. We reckon the vRS wagon looks especially handsome with that sloping tailgate, it’s like a baby Audi RS4. From a fairly lengthy distance admittedly, but still…
Inside there are sports seats, a sportier steering wheel, sports aluminum pedals, and a sportier instrument display. How sporty all of this promised sportiness might actually be, is however unknown because Skoda haven’t given us interior pictures. But we’ll take their word for it.
The Skoda Octavia vRS will go on sale in the UK during August later this year with prices starting from around £22,000. Not bad ay?
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)