2015 Skoda Octavia vRS 230
Czech automaker Skoda began producing the Octavia way back in 1996, then it introduced the second-gen model in 2004 and the third-gen model in 2013. It was the start of the third-generation that saw the introduction of the vRS model, which was a more performance-oriented version of the compact liftback sedan. And now with the Geneva Auto Show set to start on March 3, 2015, Skoda is primed to unveil a special version of the vRS dubbed the Octavia vRS 230.
With a few more PS, the vRS 230 is officially the fastest Octavia ever built. The problem is that Skoda lives under the Volkswagen umbrella, and anything it can do, VW can do better. This means that regardless of how much leash VW gives Skoda to beef up the Octavia, it always leaves a little something in reserve to bump up the Octavia’s more expensive platform mate, the Passat.
Does the vRS 230 badge and its added power give the Octavia the oomph it needs to finally one-up the Passat?
Continue reading to find out.
2015 Skoda Octavia vRS 230
Horsepower @ RPM:226
0-60 time:6.7 sec.
Top Speed:155 mph
From the outside, the Skoda Octavia vRS looks quite similar to the 2014 model, but the scallops in the base of the doors seem slightly more defined than the 2014 model. Other than the scallops, the rest of the vRS model seems to carry over from 2014.
On top of the standard Octavia, the vRS model adds in 18-inch Gemini/Pictoris alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, an aggressive rear diffuser with integrated exhaust tips, and a vRS-style front bumper. All of these modifications take the otherwise plebian Octavia hatch and spice it up a bit. However, I think that Skoda could go a little further to distinguish it from the base model.
Exterior Dimensions (based on 2014 model)
|Ground Clearance (mm)||128|
|Wheel base (mm)||2,686|
Inside, the 2015 Skoda Octavia vRS carries over without any changes of note. However, that’s not a bad thing as the Octavia vRS’ cabin features cool items like sports seats, contrast stitching, and other upscale amenities.
Some of the extra goodies that come along with ticking the vRS trim level include chrome-finished door handles, a driver’s vanity mirror, a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, vRS kick plates, a center armrest with a storage box, height-adjustable front seats, and rear power windows.
Interior Dimensions (based on 2014 model)
|Elbow width in front (mm)||1,454|
|Elbow width in rear (mm)||1,449|
|Knee space in rear (mm)||72|
|Luggage room (seats up / down) (l)||590 / 1,580|
In the mechanicals is where some of the the most noticeable changes have occurred for this special Octavia. As its name implies, the vRS 230’s 2.0-liter TSI engine produces 230 PS – 10 PS more than the standard vRS. Skoda doesn’t mention which transmission the vRS 230 comes with, but I am sure it’ll come standard with a six-speed manual and have the DSG dual-clutch auto available as an option.
The extra power allows the vRS 230 to hit 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and top out at 155 mph – 0.1 seconds quicker and 1 mph faster than the standard 2014 Octavia vRS.
|Acceleration (0-62 MPH)||6.7 Sec.|
|Top Speed||155 MPH|
Pricing is not yet available for the 2015 Skoda Octavia vRS 230, but considering the 2014 Octavia vRS starts at £19,491.67 ($30,137.05 as of 2/24/2015) and rises to £20,650 ($31,928) with the DSG transmission, I would guess that the special 230 model will base at around £21,500 ($33,242).
The vRS 230 will launch in Europe in June 2015.
The leading competitor for the Skoda Octavia vRS is actually one of its siblings: the VW Passat. Specifically, the one that matches most closely with the vRS is the Passat GT 2.0 BITDI. Though this uses a diesel powerplant, it actually produces 10 PS more than the Skoda and, as expected, produces a mighty 369 pound-feet of twist just a tick up from idle.
The power travels through a seven-speed DSG gearbox on its way to all four wheels. The end result is a 0-to-62-mph time of just 6.1 seconds, an astonishing time for a diesel sedan.
Before VAT and all that other jazz, the Passat GT is a good bit pricier than the Octavia vRS 230 at £28,129 ($43,474).
The Octavia is a relative unknown here in the U.S., but in the UK, it is pretty well-known. When the automaker decided to grace it with its vRS badge in 2013 and performance goodies, it gave buyers the performance liftback that they wanted. Now this new vRS230 model pushed the performance needle up a bit.
Unfortunately, Skoda still has to compete with its own parent brand, Volkswagen, and its Passat. While the Passat GT 2.0 BITDI may be quicker and more powerful than the Octavia vRS 230, the VW loses out big time in terms of pricing, making the Skoda a good choice for cost-conscious buyers.