Skoda Octavia vRS (2013)
The Skoda Octavia vRS is back, faster and yet more fuel-efficient than ever. Available in booted hatchback or estate 'Combi' bodystyles, the hot Octavia 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, courtesey of 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.
Milton Keynes, 10th July 2013 - 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.
Equipped with a host of standard features designed to fully exploit the car’s performance potential, the new Octavia vRS is set to continue the UK’s love affair with 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 of 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 Hatch and Estate forms, the new Octavia vRS’s bold, motorsport-inspired design pays homage to its legendary predecessors. Despite its obvious sporting ambitions, the new Octavia vRS is as practical and clever as the award-winning standard models. 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.
Engines and transmissions
At the heart of the new Octavia vRS is an engine line-up that is as powerful and exciting as it is frugal and clean. 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 in the form of a 2.0 TDI 184PS. Both are available with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a DSG automatic.
Chassis and suspension
To allow drivers to fully exploit the vRS’s performance potential, ŠKODA has engineered a new chassis set up that features a lowered ride height (12mm Hatch, 13mm Estate) and an advanced multi-link rear suspension design. Electronic Differential Lock (XDS) is fully integrated into the Octavia’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, and helps improve traction in corners. The new Octavia also introduces a new progressive steering system that varies the amount of lock required according to road speed.