Skoda Octavia vRS (2013–)
- June 2013: Octavia vRS launched
- July 2013: Skoda announces prices
- September 2015
- December 2016: Revised Octavia vRS details announced
- February 2017: Octavia vRS 245 launched
Octavia vRS launched
The new Octavia vRS accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 154 mph (with manual six-speed gearbox). The new model also offers all the outstanding features of the new Octavia: highest functionality, plenty of room, top-safety, state-of-the-art assistance systems in terms of safety and comfort, as well as being excellent value for money.
Two new engines power the new Octavia vRS. There is a choice of the two-litre petrol 220PS or two-litre diesel 184PS. The 2.0 TSI-petrol, in conjunction with the six-speed manual gearbox, thrusts the Octavia vRS from 0 to 62 mph in only 6.8 seconds. The maximum speed now lies at 154 mph, making it 4 mph faster than the second generation Octavia vRS. The new Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI-diesel manages 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph (with six-speed manual gearbox).
Compared to the second generation Octavia vRS, the new engines provide more power whilst consuming up to 19% less fuel. Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration are fitted as standard. A manual gearbox or DSG dual clutch transmission are available as options for both engines, each with six gears.
Modern suspension optimises the handling of the compact sports car. The new Octavia vRS is fitted with sports suspension as standard. The body has also been lowered by 12mm compared to the standard Octavia (Octavia estate vRS body: 13 mm). The newly developed multi-link axle is used as the rear axle. For precise track guidance, there is a MacPherson strut with underlying triangle wishbone. Electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) now comes as standard. This function improves the traction of the wheels and reduces the tendency to understeer in fast cornering. For better handling and greater agility comes the new electro-mechanical progressive steering. Thanks to this technology, the driver can make smaller movements in steering to achieve the desired turning radius. That means less grip is needed for tight corners.
In comparison to the second generation Octavia vRS, the vehicle has grown significantly in length (+88 mm, estate +86 mm) and width (+45 mm). At the same time the wheelbase has risen by 102mm, enhancing the powerful image of the car as the shortened overhang. The series standard, red-lacquered brake callipers provide pure emotion, as do the powerful proportions, high tornado line and sharp, precise edges and lines.
The Octavia vRS’s new light-alloy wheels lend the car a particularly sporty look. The designers have created four new 17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs. The tyres have an impressive, racy two-tone look, a distinctive outfit, visual lightness, sharp edges and a finish precise to the smallest detail. The new Octavia vRS drives on the series standard ‘Dorado’ 17-inch light alloys fitted with 225/45 tyres.
Then there are the optional 18-inch ‘Gemini’ and ‘Pictoris’ alloys (each for 225/40 tyres). Two colours are available for the ‘Gemini’: silver und anthracite. Anyone who appreciates ultra-sporty wheels will love Skoda's accessories for the Octavia vRS and there are yet more treats in store like the ‘Xtrem’ 19” light alloys in black.
The rear is dominated in the lower section by a strong black diffuser element and the overlying wide reflector spotlight.These elements are also distinctive features of the new Octavia vRS just like the two large, trapezoidal-shaped chrome exhaust tailpipes. Then there are the rear lights fitted as standard with LED technology in the brand’s typical C-shape. And the designers have not forgotten about the spoiler, which, on the estate vRS, is fitted as a roof-edge spoiler.
The interior of the new Octavia vRS is characterised by the sporty, black interior. The interior of the front doors is newly equipped with integrated ambient lighting for the internal door handles. There are newly developed vRS-design sports seats for the driver and passenger and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather is fitted as standard. The gear stick and handbrake are also made of leather. The sill plates and pedals are made of stainless steel. The instrument panel with a rich-colour Maxi DOT display has its own unique vRS design. The steering wheel, gear stick, door sill panels, seats and floor mats all sport the vRS logo.
Skoda announces prices
The entry price for the saloon is £22,990 while the estate version is priced from £23,790. Prices rise to £25,450 for the 184PS diesel estate with DSG automatic transmission.
The Octavia vRS is the fastest Skoda model ever, capable of a top-speed of 154mph and with a -62mph sprint time of 6.8 seconds in petrol hatchback form. Standard equipment across the board includes 18-inch alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel, parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, Bluetooth, DAB, dual-zone air conditioning and touch screen infotainment.
All models feature a lower ride height (12mm for the hatch and 13mm for the estate) along with an electronic diff-lock to improve handling over the standard Octavia. The most efficient model – the 184PS 2.0-litre diesel manual – has emissions of 119g/km which means running costs are relatively low, especially for a high-performance vehicle.
|Octavia vRS prices|
|Model||CO 2||OTR||BiK (‘13-14)||P11D value|
|2.0 TSI 220PS||142||£22,990||20%||£22,795|
|2.0 TSI 220PS DSG||149||£24,380||21%||£24,185|
|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 TSI 220PS||142||£23,790||20%||£23,595|
|2.0 TSI 220PS DSG||149||£25,180||21%||£24,985|
|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|
Skoda Octavia vRS 230 performance upgrade made available at an extra £2500. Lifts power to 230PS, adds an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, different exhaust, unique 19-inch alloy wheels, leather sports seats, satnav, park assist and a trip computer with lap timer. Looks like you get your money's worth.
Revised Octavia vRS details announced
The upgraded vRS is available as a hatchback and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel engine has the same 184PS output as previously, the performance of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine has increased by 10PS to 230PS.
The 15 mm lower sports suspension and the rear track, 30 mm wider than the predecessor, as well as the red brake callipers underline the dynamic character of the new vRS. 18-inch wheels are available as standard, while 19-inch wheels are available as an option.
Octavia vRS 245 launched
The latest vRS accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds (Estate: 6.7 seconds) and its top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Compared to the normal models in the range, the sports chassis lowers the body of the Octavia vRS 245 by 14 mm. Its rear track is 38 mm wider than that of the predecessor. The standard, gloss-black alloy wheels are 19 inches in diameter.