The Fastest Octavia Ever – Skoda Octavia vRS Is Set To Launch On August 9
The Czech automaker, Skoda, is all set to launch it’s all new Octavia vRS on August 9, the fastest Octavia ever to come out of the company’s production house. Built on VW’s new MQB variable platform that allows for variations in length, wheelbase and width, the new Skoda Octavia vRS is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the Laura. The wheelbase now stands at 2686mm.
“The new Skoda Octavia vRS has a very special place in the heart of everyone at Skoda,” said Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director Skoda 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.”
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is the same as that used in the international Volkswagen Golf GTI, and puts out 217 bhp. It will allow the Octavia vRS to sprint for 0 to 100 kmph in 6.8 seconds and will hit 248 kmph flat out. Another option is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit from the Volkswagen Golf GTD, tuned to produce 182 bhp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It will hit 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds and go on to touch a top speed of 232 kmph. All these figures will apply to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and a six-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters will be on the options list. Skoda claims both engines are up to 19% more fuel efficient than the outgoing fast Octavias.
The new Skoda Octavia vRS comes with sports suspension and front wheel drive, with an electronic XDS differential equipped as standard to help improve traction and reduce under-steer. Also featuring is a re-tuned steering set-up to require less steering angles on more challenging roads.
The new Skoda Octavia vRS will also come with a range of new safety features such as lane assistance, automatic braking system and also, a fatigue detection system. It will also get nine airbags. The new car will also come equipped with adaptive cruise control and an intelligent light assistant that switches automatically between low and high beams, and traffic sign recognition as well.
The fit and finish on the inside has also been stepped up. Seams are almost invisible, the quality of plastics is improved for the most part, and the neat and simple design of the dash is quite appealing. Boot space stands at a generous 590 litres.
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