SKODA is set to unveil the most powerful Octavia variant, the Octavia VRS 245; which has 15 PS more than the previous Octavia vRS. The Octavia VRS 245 is premiering at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

In looks, the SKODA Octavia VRS 245 features the new face of the brand and has particularly sporty design details. The completely new front section with wider radiator grille and the wide honeycomb air inlets in the redesigned bumper provide the Octavia vRS 245 with a masculine and dynamic appearance. The slats on the radiator grille and the trim that frames it both come in gloss-black. The redesigned headlight clusters in a crystalline look feature full-LED technology and AFS adaptive front headlights as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology and a crystalline appearance.

In addition, the VRS 245’s exterior mirror housings and the trapezoid tailpipes are also black. The radiator grille and the tailgate both sport the vRS logo featuring a gloss-black ‘V’. Features such as the spoiler at the back of the hatchback or roof spoiler on the Estate are further attributes of the car’s emotive and sporty design.The Octavia vRS 245 can also be recognized as a high-performance sportster acoustically thanks to the husky sound of its exhaust system.

Inside, a sporty look dominates in the interior, which has been designed largely in black; from the roof lining to the footwell including its silver-coloured pedals with an aluminium finish. With their high sides and integrated headrests, the Alcantara sports seats provide maximum support in fast corners. The front seats bear the vRS logo, as do the front door sills. The multifunctional sports steering wheel with perforated leather and integrated steering wheel paddles (for DSG transmissions) matches the car’s dynamic ambience.

The LED ambient lighting in the vRS-245-specific decorative trims immerses the interior in one of the ten choices of colors. A color Maxi-DOT display forms part of the instrument cluster. The latest driver assistance systems are also available for the Octavia vRS 245, while the infotainment system means occupants have the opportunity to be online on the move, thanks to the optional Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE module. Numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features are further testimony to the compact car’s practical talents.

Furthermore, the spacious interior and luggage compartment is a norm for the VRS 245. At the same time, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features in the new Octavia vRS 245 include special bottle holders in the centre console, a heated steering, two USB ports in the rear, a personalisable key (allowing up to three users to program their individual settings for the air conditioning, seats, the audio system’s volume and Driving Mode Select) and a removable LED torch in the boot of the Combi (Estate version).

The compact sports car accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds; its top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), thanks to a 245-PS, four-cylinder, TSI petrol engine. Maximum torque of 370 Nm is achieved between 1,600 and 4,300 rpm. There is a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or, for the first time in an Octavia, a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Compared to the ‘normal’ models in the range, the sports chassis lowers the body of the Octavia RS 245 by 14 mm. Its rear track is 38 mm wider than that of the predecessor. The standard, gloss-black alloy wheels are 19 inches in diameter. The ESC stability system with Sport mode, as well as the electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential are also part of the standard equipment. This electronic inter-wheel lock for the differential on the driving wheels allows for particularly dynamic acceleration when exiting corners: the amount of slip on one of the front wheels is limited and transferring power to the road is optimized. The electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential will remain a distinctive feature of the vRS 245 model. Additionally, Performance Mode Select with the Performance Sound Generator function enables individual adjustment of drive, chassis and comfort settings. The dynamic character of the Octavia vRS 245 is additionally highlighted by the car’s progressive steering and the optional adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).

Other important assistive systems available on the Octavia VRS 245 include Trailer Assist, Predictive Pedestrian Protection (Front Assist), Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Manoeuvre Assist and Crew Protect Assist.