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New Skoda Octavia vRS Making Its Debut At Goodwood

By raccars Published

So far only seen in pictures, Skoda's hot vRS Octavia will be unveiled to the public at July's Goodwood Festival of Speed – appropriate as this is the fastest Octavia yet, with a 217bhp power output and 154mph top speed.

The third generation Octavia vRS will be available as a hatchback or an estate and will be hitting UK showrooms in August. There are two engine options, a Golf Gti sourced 217bhp 2.0 litre TSI and a 180bhp 2.0 litre TDI, with a six speed manual transmission as standard or an optional DSG automatic.

The Skoda Octavia TDI will go from standstill to 62mph in 8.1 seconds, on the way to 144mph but the TSI is the one to go for, with a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and that 154mph all time top speed. Despite the extra power, the new engines are about 20% more efficient than the previous units, thanks to start/stop technology and a regenerative braking system.

The front wheel drive vRS's racy performance is assisted by new multi-link rear axle sports suspension for a 12mm reduction in ride height, electro-mechanical progressive steering and the clever XDS electronic diff torque vectoring system. This makes it more agile but easier to handle in corners.

The updated car has been treated to some sporty aesthetics too, but thankfully, a little more subtle than the previous incarnation's massive spoiler. Think honeycombed air intakes, updated front bumper and fog lamps, bi-xenon LED headlights, trendy red brake callipers, trapezoid shaped exhaust outlets and a black rear diffuser. Seventeen inch alloys come as standard but there are optional 18 or 19 inchers on offer too. The cabin boasts sports seats, leather trimmed three spoke steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, ambient lighting, vRS badging and stainless steel pedal and door sills.

To aid drivers with its sparkling performance, the Octavia vRS is nannied by modern safety features, including emergency braking assist, nine airbags, driver fatigue sensor, adaptive cruise assist, parking assist and road sign detection.

It might be fast, but the vRS is also as practical as the standard Octavia, with the same functional and spacious interior – particularly in estate form, with a 610 litre boot.

Skoda has yet to reveal detailed pricing information, but expect the Octavia vRS to start at about £23,000 – good value for money by any standards and cheaper than a Golf Gti.

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