SKODA has unveiled the most powerful Octavia variant, the vRS, following the introduction the latest generation of the East European marque’s most popular model.

The new Octavia vRS comes with a fresh front section, modified rear and a sporty interior. The upgraded ŠKODA Octavia vRS is available as a hatchback and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from.

In looks, the appearance of the new Octavia vRS accentuates the extensively redeveloped design of the series in a particularly sporty and emotional way: The new front section with a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlights featuring a crystalline look, and the even wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumpers are masculine and dynamic. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights integrated into the bumper shape the new front end.

At the rear, the hatchback’s spoiler and the estate’s roof spoiler set independent accents. Meantime, the vRS’ rear is dominated by a powerful black diffuser element and broad red reflector lamp above.

As a sportier version of the regular Octavia, the vRS gets a lower sports suspension (15 mm) and a wider rear track (30 mm), as well as the red brake callipers. Lastly, 18-inch wheels are available as standard, while 19-inch wheels are available as an option.

The interior of the new Octavia vRS is characterized by the vRS-Sport seats which provide plenty of lateral support thanks to high sides and integrated headrests. In addition to the leather/fabric combination, the sports seats are now also available in Alcantara as an option. The multi-function sports steering wheel (for DSG gearbox with shift paddles) has a perforated leather crown. Ambient lighting comes as standard. In addition, the recesses of the door handles are illuminated, the pedals shine in an aluminium finish, and the entry panels bear the vRS logo. Other amenities include an umbrella under the passenger seat and a removable LED lamp in the boot of the estate.

The current Octavia vRS features the latest generation of infotainment systems. The capacitive touch displays are designed in glass. The top version is the navigation system Columbus with a 9.2-inch monitor, WLAN hotspot and optional LTE module.

A 2.0 TSI engine is fitted in the vRS for an output of 169 kW (230 hp) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. The front-wheel drive sports model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed reaching 250 km/h (155 mph). The Octvia vRS hatchback is paired to a manual 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 6-speed DSG.

Progressive steering, Performance Mode Select with Performance Sound Generator (option), the stability program ESC with electronic cross barrier XDS+ and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) add to the intensive driving pleasure of the new Octavia vRS. DCC allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal or Sport modes.

The wide array of driver assistance systems in ŠKODA Octavia vRS sets new standards in the compact class. New features include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect, which warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot, and Rear Traffic Alert and the Crew Protect Assist, which functions with the improved Front Assist including city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection.

Edited: SKODA