New Octavia vRS – the fastest Octavia ever

Prices range from £22,990 to £25,450

Available engines include 220PS petrol and 184PS diesel 0-62mph in 6.8 secs and top speed of 154mph (petrol hatch)

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 £22,990, it also sets new standards for value.

Based on the acclaimed third-generation Octavia launched earlier this year, the new Octavia vRS model made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, showcasing a host of engineering innovations, dramatic design and pulsequickening 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 for 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.

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 sixspeed manual transmission or a DSG automatic.

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, August 1.

Škoda UK achieved a record 2012 with more than 53,000 registrations.

January to May 2013 started with a record 26,000 new car registrations. In 2013, Škoda UK has already received more than 15 major awards, with both the Yeti and Superb topping national customer satisfaction surveys.