Skoda has accomplished the brand new fourth-generation Octavia vRS line-up within the UK by introducing the third and ultimate variant: the vRS diesel, which is on sale in Britain now.
It joins the petrol powered vRS and the primary ever plug-in hybrid model of the model’s efficiency halo automobile, mirroring the new trio of Golfs now supplied by Volkswagen (GTI, GTD and GTE.)
The petrol powered Octavia vRS TSI is priced from £30,605, with an property model from £31,835. It’s makes use of the Volkswagen Group’s acquainted turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which can be discovered within the newest Golf GTI. It has an output of 247bhp and 370Nm of torque – sufficient, says Skoda, for a 0–62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a high pace of 155mph.
Patrons can select between a six-speed guide gearbox or seven-speed automated, with no gas economic system or CO2 discrepancy between the transmissions. The property bodystyle is barely heavier although, so its 40.2mpg and 159g/km CO2 figures are barely down on the 40.8mpg and 157g/km numbers claimed by hatchback variations of the vRS TSI.
The plug-in hybrid Octavia vRS iV is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 113bhp electrical motor. Just like the GTI’s unit, the vRS shares this with a sizzling Golf – on this case the GTE – and develops 242bhp and 400Nm.
Skoda claims that the Octavia iV can go from 0–62mph in 7.3 seconds and attain a high pace of 139mph. From a full cost of its battery, it affords a 37-mile vary on electrical energy alone. Each petrol and electrical drive is distributed to the entrance axle solely, by way of a six-speed DSG gearbox that may be managed utilizing paddle-shifters discovered on the again of the steering wheel. Gas economic system and emissions for the hatchback are claimed at 249.9mpg and 26g/km, with the vRS iV Property mannequin returning 233.3mpg and 27g/km primarily based on WLTP testing.
The hatchback variant of the Octavia vRS iV has an entry value of £35,645, whereas the property mannequin begins from £36,875.
The brand new vRS diesel is priced from £32,260 for the hatchback and £33,530 for the property. It makes use of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine growing 197bhp and 400Nm torque, and makes use of a seven-speed DSG gearbox as customary too.
Nevertheless, alongside front-wheel-drive variations, the diesel can be accessible with four-wheel-drive, priced from £33,745. Entrance wheel drive variations of the vRS diesel obtain 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds, with the added traction of four-wheel-drive dropping 4×4 variations to six.8 seconds. Prime pace is 155mph within the primary vRS diesel, which additionally claims 56.6mpg and 130g/km CO2.
Commonplace tools for the brand new Octavia vRS contains 19-inch alloy wheels, an aggressive physique equipment, LED Matrix headlights, privateness glass and chrome finishers for the exhaust ideas. Patrons additionally get entrance and rear parking sensors, pink brake calipers and a brand new tailgate spoiler.
Inside, patrons get heated sports activities seats, a leather-based sports activities steering wheel, Alcantara trim for the dashboard and aluminium pedals. There’s a number of know-how upgrades over the usual mannequin, too, corresponding to keyless go, an LED ambient lighting package deal and a pair of 10-inch screens – one behind the steering wheel and one mounted within the centre of the dashboard.
Skoda has additionally fitted a spread of chassis upgrades for the vRS line-up, together with 15mm decrease sports activities suspension, adaptive dampers, a singular steering profile and a limited-slip differential for the petrol-powered fashions. The TSI variations include 17-inch disc brakes all spherical, whereas the upcoming diesel will get 16-inch brakes up entrance and 15-inch brakes on the rear.
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