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2013 Skoda Octavia vRS

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When Skoda says that the new Octavia vRS is the "fastest road-going skoda Octavia yet", we have to stand up and pay attention.

That’s why it’s important for us to pay heed to the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming July because that’s the event where the all-new Octavia vRS is scheduled to make its world premier.

The car will be based on the new generation Octavia , a car that Skoda had just unveiled earlier this year. Keeping in line with the automaker’s renewed attempt to gain some traction in the industry, the Octavia vRS is being pegged to be longer, wider, and lighter than its predecessor, all important qualities that will make for a pretty interesting vehicle.

Describing the new sporty Octavia, Skoda officials are saying: "Never before has an Octavia RS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car."

Updated 06/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/11/2013: Skoda announced British prices and standard specifications for the new Octavia vRS. Click past the jump to learn them.

Are they right? Click past the jump to find out.

Exterior

Skoda Octavia vRS

When compared to a standard Octavia, the new vRS version is a little bit sportier and more aggressive. Up front, you will notice a front grille sporting the “vRS” badge, distinctive honeycomb air intakes and a new vRS-style front bumper. The model comes with standard bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and fog lights.

For the rear, Skoda is adding a black diffuser and a new exhaust system with large, trapezoidal-shaped chrome exhaust tailpipes. The sedan also features a large spoiler - the Combi version’s rear spoiler will be offered as a roof-edge type. The taillights feature LED technology, making it easier for other drivers to see you.

When compared to the previous generation, the new Octavia vRS has significantly grown, as it is 88 mm (3.46 inches) longer, 45 mm (1.77 inches) wider and has a 102 mm (4.01-inch) longer wheelbase.

Interior

Skoda Octavia vRS

Just like on the exterior, the interior is also characterized by a sportier look and feel. The driver and the front passenger will enjoy newly designed vRS-design sports seats. Additionally, there is a sporty three-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather, and a leather-wrapped gear stick knob and handbrake. The sill plates and pedals are made of stainless steel, while a cool "vRS" logo graces the steering wheel, gear stick, door sill panels, seats and floor mats.

Also, due to the increased dimensions, the new Octavia vRS will offer more interior room and the best in class boot volume: 590 liters (20.83 cubic-feet) for the sedan and 610 liters (21.54 cubic-fet) for the combi version.

Drivetrain

Skoda Octavia vRS

Customers can choose between two different engines: a gasoline and a diesel one. The 2.0-liter TSI engine delivers a total of 220 horsepower and will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. In this configuration, the new Octavia vRS will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 154 mph.

The new 2.0-liter TDI engine delivers a total of 184 horsepower and will sprint the new vRS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph.

Both engines will be combined with standard Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration, while a DSG dual clutch transmission will be offered as an option.

Suspension and Brakes

Skoda Octavia vRS

The new Octavia vRS will be offered with new light-alloy wheels in three different sizes:17, 18 or 19 inches. "Dorado" 17-inch light alloys are offered as standard, and customers can also opt for 18-inch ’Gemini’ and ’Pictoris’ in silver or anthracite and ’Xtrem’ 19-inch light alloys in black.

The new vRS will also be offered with sport suspension as standard feature, plus a newly developed multi-link axle used at the rear. The vRS also comes with a MacPherson strut setup with underlying triangle wishbone, Electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) and a new electro-mechanical progressive steering.

Prices

The new Octavia vRS made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be put on sale on August 1st.

Model CO2OTR BiK (‘13-14)P11D value
Hatchback
2.0 TSI 220PS142£22,99020%£22,795
2.0 TSI 220PS DSG149£24,38021%£24,185
2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF119£23,26018%£23,205
2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF129£24,65020%£24,595
Estate
2.0 TSI 220PS142£23,79020%£23,595
2.0 TSI 220PS DSG149£25,18021%£24,985
2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF119£24,06018%£24,005
2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF132£25,45021%£25,270

Octavia vRS standard equipment

  • 18" Gemini anthracite alloy wheels
  • Energy recovery
  • 3 spoke MFSW for radio and tel with DSG paddles if DSG
  • ESC incl ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, XDS
  • Acoustic rear parking sensors
  • Hill hold
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Lane assistant
  • Bi-Xenon headlights +AFS+LED "DAY LIGHT" with dynamic angle control
  • LED rear lights
  • Black door mirrors and handles
  • Light assistant
  • Bluetooth
  • Rear backrest release (estate)
  • DAB
  • Rear electric windows (with child safety switch)
  • Daytime LED running lights
  • Roof rails (estate only)
  • Driver alert system (fatigue detection)
  • Sports suspension
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Stop/start
  • Driving mode selection (eco/comfort/sport/custom)
  • Touchscreen "Bolero" (with single CD player & proximity sensor)
  • Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control
  • TPM+

Competition

2013 Ford Mondeo Titanium X Sport

Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo Titanium X Sport is one of the more likely competitors for the Octavi vRS. With a 237-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, it certainly has plenty of pop under the hood. The engine hooks up to a six-speed automatic transmission and this combination allows it to spring to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds and up to a 153 mph top speed. Sure, it may not have the exclusivity or the looks of the Octavia vRS, but at £28,115 ($42,726 at the current exchange rate); it is likely in the ballpark in pricing. Additionally, Ford dealers are easy to find, should an issue arise, but Octavia dealers are quite as plentiful – food for thought at least.

Conclusion

The new Octavia vRS could be the perfect choice for those clients looking for a cheap, sporty sedan. It looks good, delivers enough power and comes equipped with tons of sport features.

LOVE IT
  • Looks cool in blue
  • Two engine options
  • Lots of sports features
LEAVE IT
  • Not nearly as powerful as we thought it would be
  • Not the fastest thing out there

Press Release

Skoda Octavia vRS

The New ŠKODA Octavia RS: The Fastest Octavia Ever

  • Pure emotion - the new ŠKODA Octavia RS
  • Perfect combination of sportiness, space and functionality
  • From 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, max. 248 km/h
  • 2 new engines: more performance, lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions
  • Innovative technology: safety and comfort assistance systems, progressive steering
  • New: Bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • Powerful performance, sporty interior and extra sound for that racing feel, five fantastically designed alloy wheels
  • World debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 10th July, 2013

​Mladá Boleslav, 5th June, 2013 – The curtain rises for the fastest series production Octavia ever: the new ŠKODA Octavia RS celebrates its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the 10th of July. The Czech manufacturer continues the most comprehensive model campaign in the company’s history with this latest model. The third generation Octavia RS/Octavia Combi RS really creates a big impression with its powerful and efficient engines, racy design and innovative technology.

​"The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is a in sports league of its own," says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "Our latest model stands for horsepower and fuel efficiency and, at the same time, for emotion and rationality. Never before has an Octavia RS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car. In this perfect combination, the new Octavia RS and Octavia Combi RS set new standards in the sporty compact class and also takes the brand’s sporty genes with it on the road. A perfect car for free time and everyday use, maximum power, the latest technology and great value for money," explains Vahland.

Skoda Octavia vRS

The new Octavia RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 248 km/h (with manual six-speed gearbox). The new model also offers all the outstanding features of the new ŠKODA 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. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS will be available for retail on European markets as of July, starting in the UK.

Two new engines power the new ŠKODA Octavia RS. There is a choice of the two-litre petrol 162 kW (220 HP) or two-litre diesel 135 kW (184 HP). The 2.0 TSI-petrol, in conjunction with the six-speed manual gearbox, thrusts the Octavia RS from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.8 seconds. The maximum speed now lies at 248 km/h, making it 6 km/h faster than the second generation Octavia RS. The new Octavia RS 2.0 TDI-diesel manages 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 232 km/h (with six-speed manual gearbox).

Compared to the second generation Octavia RS, 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.

Skoda Octavia vRS

Modern suspension optimizes the handling of the compact sports car. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is fitted with sports suspension as standard. The body has also been lowered by 12mm compared to the standard Octavia (Octavia Combi RS 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.

Speed and class are conveyed in the new ŠKODA Octavia RS design from the word go. Either as Octavia RS or Octavia Combi RS, the latest ŠKODA model really shows off its lean sporty genes. It is clear to onlookers from the start that this is the new sporty Octavia RS and the brand’s new design language shines through. The front view is dominated by the creative interplay of the characteristic ŠKODA front grille sporting the RS badge, distinctive honeycomb air intakes, a new RS-style front bumper and fog lights as well as the new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights now fitted as standard.

Skoda Octavia vRS

From the side view the car is considerably lower compared to the standard Octavia body. In comparison to the second generation Octavia RS, the vehicle has grown significantly in length (+88 mm, combi +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 RS’s new light-alloy wheels lend the car a particularly sporty look. The designers have created four new 17, 18 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 RS 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 ŠKODA’s accessories for the Octavia RS and there are yet more treats in store like the ‘Xtrem’ 19 inch 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 RS 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 we have not forgotten about the spoiler, which, on the Combi RS, is fitted as a roof-edge spoiler.

Skoda Octavia vRS

The interior of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS is characterized 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 RS-design sports seats for the driver and passenger and a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather is fitted as standard. The gear stick and handbrake are also 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 RS design. The Steering wheel, gear stick, door sill panels, seats and floor mats all sport the RS logo.

In addition to its sporty features, the new ŠKODA Octavia boasts all the outstanding attributes that distinguish it as the new Octavia in both body versions. These primarily include the superior interior space and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions. Our well-known ŠKODA quality is also an integral part of the sporty version.

Space like no other: no other compact sports car offers more interior length (1.782 mm), more legroom (73 mm) or more headroom in the back (980 mm). Even the boot sets another record in the class: The boot volume in the Octavia RS increased by 5 litres to 590 litres, and the combi RS’s has increased to 610 litres.

Added to that, there are a whole host of other ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as the foldable cargo items as well as the double-sided boot flooring, an ice scraper in the fuel cap and the high-vis jacket under the driver’s seat. There are also litter containers, multimedia holders and a number of storage compartments, holders and hooks fitted as standard in the new Octavia RS. The new Octavia Combi RS has an optional adjustable boot floor. The jacket shelf under the boot cover is new in the Combi RS. The roller cover for the boot can be removed and stowed under the adjustable loading floor. The backrest of the rear seat can also be folded 60:40.

Skoda Octavia vRS

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS boasts the highest level of safety. Included in the newly developed safety system are the Front Assistant with city emergency braking, Lane Assistant to keep you on track, Multi-Collision Braking with automatic brake intervention in the event of an accident, Crew Protect Assistant to protect the vehicle under accident conditions and the Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection). In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety features work to provide the best possible protection for the driver and passengers with up to nine airbags amongst other things.

The car leaves nothing to be desired in terms of comfort thanks to the many on board comfort systems. Upon request, the new ŠKODA Octavia RS comes with Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which keeps a set distance from the car ahead. The new Intelligent Light Assistant automatically switches the long-beam lights on and off. The Automatic Parking Assistant supports you getting in and out of tight spaces. The road sign detection in the ‘Traveller Assistant’ package indicates traffic signals.

KESSY Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System is also available upon request for the new Octavia RS along with the electric panoramic sunroof for both body versions. In addition, there is a completely new generation of infotainment radio and navigation systems. Swing – the CD/radio with TFT monochrome display is also fitted as standard in the brand’s latest model with four front and rear speakers. Up to 8 full-size touch screens with proximity sensors are fitted in higher systems. The CANTON Sound System offers passengers sound-optimized audio for pure listening pleasure.



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