Delivering the perfect combination of sportiness, space and functionality, the new Octavia vRS takes ŠKODA performance to a new level. And with prices starting from £23,205, it also sets new standards for value.
Based on the acclaimed third-generation Octavia launched earlier this year, the new Octavia vRS model makes 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 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 hatchback 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 advanced multi-link rear suspension design. Electronic differential lock (XDS) is fully integrated into the Octavia’s electronic stability control (ESC) system, and helps improves traction in corners. The new Octavia also introduces a new progressive steering system that varies the amount of lock required according to road speed.
The new Octavia vRS is available to order now and goes on sale in the UK on Thursday 1 August.
|Octavia vRS prices|
|Model||CO2||OTR||BiK (‘13-14)||P11D value|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF||119||£23,260||18%||£23,205|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF||129||£24,650||20%||£24,595|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF||119||£24,060||18%||£24,005|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF||132||£25,450||21%||£25,270|
|Octavia vRS standard equipment|
|18″ Gemini anthracite alloy wheels||Energy recovery|
|3 spoke MFSW for radio and tel with DSG paddles if DSG||ESC incl ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, XDS|
|Acoustic rear parking sensors||Hill hold|
|Automatic post collision braking system||Lane assistant|
|Bi-Xenon headlights +AFS+LED “DAY LIGHT” with dynamic angle control||LED rear lights|
|Black door mirrors and handles||Light assistant|
|Bluetooth||Rear backrest release (estate)|
|DAB||Rear electric windows (with child safety switch)|
|Daytime LED running lights||Roof rails (estate only)|
|Driver alert system (fatigue detection)||Sports suspension|
|Driver knee airbag||Stop/start|
|Driving mode selection (eco/comfort/sport/custom)||Touchscreen “Bolero” (with single CD player & proximity sensor)|
|Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control||TPM+|