The Skoda Octavia vRS has been the highlight of the line-up for the past three generations. Now, into its fourth-gen the Octavia vRS is more versatile than ever with three engine options: petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid, first for the Octavia.
With its sporty demeanor and a predominantly black interior to encourage spirited drives, the 4th-gen vRS gets black details to go with exclusive front and rear aprons, the Octavia grille, air curtains on top of the LED fog lights, wing mirrors, gloss black window frames, aeroflaps, rear diffuser and spoiler. Depending on versions (sedan or estate), the rear spoiler is body colored on the estate vRS. For the first time, the vRS receives matrix LED headlights. At the same time, 18-inch wheels with red-painted brake calipers are standard or optional 19-inch.
Moving inside, the new vRS is similar to the previous generation with emphasis on dynamic driving. Hence, the designers gave it a redesigned 3-spoke sports steering,with a knurled design in chrome and paddle shifters. Sport seats with integrated headrests are fabric type at the front, and there’s an option to go Alcantara, leather or artificial leather. Adjustable front seats with massage function are an option as well. The steering, armrest and seats come with vRS logo and colored stitching in red or silver-grey. Meantime, the instrument cluster is wrapped in Alcantara, plus lots of carbon-effect strips elsewhere to make the car desirable, along with aluminum pedals.
The Octavia vRS introduces the Virtual Cockpit with Sport layout, enabling several driving modes from usual eco to sporty drive.
At the heart of the vRS
The Octavia vRS as you know comes in petrol, diesel and plug-in variants. Both the petrol and diesel feature a reliable 2.0l engine with a power band between 200 to 245 PS. The diesel variant (200PS 2.0 TDI) comes with all-wheel drive, upon request. The plug-in hybrid version takes up similar specs of the petrol version with an output of 245 PS. All variants come fitted with 6-speed DSG, a manual 6-speed or 7-speed DSG (usually standard on the TDI version).
All driver assistance systems from the fourth-generation Octavia are of course also available for the vRS variants. These include the new Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning as well as Local Traffic Warning. There’s now an optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with new functions and vRS-typical sports suspension, which is lowered by 15 mm for the 2.0 TSI and the 2.0 TDI. In the TSIs, an electronic VAQ limited-slip differential provides more traction on the front axle. Last but not least, the petrol and plug-in hybrid vRS feature 17-inch brakes, whilst the diesel is fitted with 16-inch brakes at the front and 15-inch brakes at the rear.
The vRS legacy
The first Octavia vRS came about in 2002, featuring a 1.8-liter turbo engine and generating 180 PS. It came in three variants. The second-generation, which sold more than 87,800 units, pushed up the power band to 200-PS on a 1.8l petrol engine and featured a diesel variant for the first time with a 170 PS output.
In 2013, the third-generation Octavia vRS was the first to boast the continuous red reflector strip at the rear, which has been a defining detail of vRS models ever since. It was initially available with a 220 PS petrol engine, and later also with 230 PS and 245 PS petrol engines. The 2.0 TDI had an output of 184 PS and offered all‑wheel drive as an option for the first time in a vRS. A total of more than 172,000 vehicles were produced. In Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, vRS variants now account for more than 20 per cent of models in the Octavia line in Europe.