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Skoda Octavia vRS (2013)
The Skoda Octavia vRS is back for 2013, faster and yet more fuel-efficient than ever. Available in booted hatchback or estate 'Combi' bodystyles, the hot Octavia vRS has sports suspension, an electronic locking differential and as before, a choice of petrol or diesel engines. They're more powerful this time round though.
How fast is the new Skoda Octavia vRS?
Go for the petrol and you'll reach 62mph in 6.8sec and a top speed of 154mph, courteseyof the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder making 217bhp. The figure should be familar as they are from the new Golf GTI.
For fans of the diesel the more frugal option is the, of course, the diesel Octavia vRS. It uses the VW Group's 2.0-litre TDI engine tuned to develop 182bhp and 280lb ft; it hits 62mph in 8.2sec and 144mph flat out. Those figures are all for Octavias supplied with the six-speed manual gearbox: a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with steering wheel paddleshifters will be a cost option.
Skoda claims both engines are up to 19% more fuel efficient than the outgoing fast Octavias. The old petrol and diesel vRSs scored respective economy readings of 38mpg and 48.7mpg.
What else is new for the 2013 Octavia vRS?
Aesthetic modifications come in the form of a new bodykit (sans large bootlid spoiler this time around) and a choice of 17, 18 or 19in alloy wheels. Bi-xenon lights with integrated LEDS are factory-fit, as are red-painted brake calipers. The car rides 12mm lower than a standard Octavia (13mm in the case of the estate), and has a retuned steering rack to require less steering angle on challenging roads.
Inside the cabin, vRS owners get sports front seats, a new three-spoke steering wheel, leather on the handbrake and gearknob, and stainless-steel pedals and sill kickplates. vRS badges are dotted throughout the interior, as well as standard-fit ambient lighting.
227 Mph ŠKODA Octavia vRS Breaks Landspeed Record At Bonneville
- Octavia vRS breaks official record to become the fastest 2.0-litre forced induction production car ever
- ŠKODA UK prepared racer hits an incredible 227.070 mph on legendary American salt flats
- ŠKODA celebrates 10 years of vRS
On Friday 19 August at 07:45am, a ŠKODA Octavia vRS officially became the world's fastest 2.0-litre supercharged production car in the world when the 600 bhp ‘salt spec’ racer – built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic vRS performance flagship badge – registered a Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) sanctioned speed of 227.070 mph on Utah’s legendary Bonneville Salt Flat.
The modified production Octavia vRS hatch, prepared by ŠKODA UK, smashed the previous record for a 2.0-litre forced induction production car at this year's Bonneville Speed Week (13-19 August), registering an impressive official record speed of 227.080 mph.
The previous record for what is known as the G/PS category was 216 mph, set in August 1998.
Driven by journalist Richard Meaden, the Octavia had set impressive speeds throughout the week breaking the 200 mph barrier on six previous runs.
The Octavia’s record breaking runs consisted of two official runs of Bonneville's famous five-mile course at 225.513 mph on Thursday 18 August, and a return run at 228.647 mph on Friday 19 August.
Robert Hazelwood, Director for ŠKODA UK, said: “This is a truly stunning achievement. Our goal was to break 200 mph as a celebration of 10 years of vRS, and we have achieved that, and significantly more. The success is a tribute to everyone who has worked so tirelessly and with such passion to make ŠKODA a world beater.”
The Milton Keynes based ŠKODA UK team behind the racer had spent the week leading up to Speed Week putting the car through a rigorous dyno programme with the assistance of performance software and tuning outfit specialist REVO Technik.
Daytime temperatures on the Bonneville Salt Flats typically exceed 40C (104F).
Since its launch in 2001, vRS has captured the hearts of UK motorists who enjoy the thrill of sports car driving. Since then, the UK has become ŠKODA’s largest market for the Octavia and Fabia vRS with more than 12,000 cars sold since launch.
Skoda Fabia vRS 2010
Skoda’s New 2010 Fabia vRS will get 178bhp and more aggressive styling than its predecessor when it arrives in the UK during 2010.
The increase in power is provided by a 1.4-litre ‘Twincharger’ unit should propel the car to 62mph in around 7.3sec and on to 140mph. The engine is the same unit that powers the new VW Polo GTI and Seat's Ibiza Cupra.
A seven-speed DSG ‘box, equipped with paddle shift, is likely to come as standard, with the vRS likely to cost less than £16,000.
Skoda will sell the Fabia vRS in two bodystyles one being as a five-door hatch, the other as an estate. Both gets a new front bumper with fog lights and LEDs, 17-inch wheels, red brake callipers, tinted windows, and a new rear bumper complete with diffuser and twin exhausts. On the hatch, you can pick between black, white and silver for the colour of the roof, rear spoiler and wheels. Awwsome!!
The new 2010 Skoda Fabia vRS pictured on the right was taken at it's unveiling during the Geneva Motor Show. The car is scheduled for unveiling early 2010 and will arrive in the UK later in the year.
Skoda Octavia vRS Limited Edition
Just 500 will be made, each getting limited edition multi-spoke 18-inch alloys, a touch-screen infotainment system and custom leather seats. Engine options remain the same, with the choice of the 197bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine or the 2.0 TDI common-rail turbodiesel, producing 168bhp.
The Skoda Octavia vRS Limited Edition will only be available in Anthracite Grey and will get special red and black badging to signify its Limited Edition status. It also gets the production number stitched into the seats, similar to the 1000 Skoda Fabia vRS Limited Editions released in 2007 who had the number embroidered in to the front seats, and offers over £1,900 worth of added equipment for an added cost of only £750, which includes:
- Bespoke design Italian leather seats.
- Metallic paint.
- Limited Edition 18" alloys.
- New touch screen Bolero radio.
- 3 spoke leather steering wheel.
- New interior dash trim.
- Maxi-dot computer.
- Red and black limited edition badging on the rear.
Download and read Skoda's brochure about the 2009 Skoda Octavia vRS Limited Edition.