Thursday, 17 July 2014

Furiously Fast: New Skoda Octavia vRS Coming to India in August


Skoda Octavia is hands down the best performing sedan from the Czech maker, one which has given pleasing number of sales since its launch in India. Now the next iteration of the popular Skoda Octavia vRS is coming. The original Octavia vRS and even the last generation Laura vRS are the darlings of enthusiasts and tuners alike. The new one though, promises to be even more spectacular.

The Octavia vRS was launched globally at Frankfurt motor show in September 2013. It is expected to launch in India around August 2014, thereby making it the most powerful Octavia ever to hit the Indian roads. The added features and the new platform puts the Skoda Octavia vRS in the D- Segment. Not only is there an escalation in segments but expect the price to be slightly higher as well as the Octavia is locally assembled from completely knocked down (CKD) kits imported from Czech Republic hence attracting more taxes.

It’s basically a go-faster Octavia with Skoda’s vRS touch which sees more aggressive bumper work- bigger mesh riddled air dams, subtle side skirts, and revisions to the rear bumper to accommodate a diffuser and twin exhausts. A range of new 18 inch wheels and a rear spoiler declares its sporty intents further. The vRS extends the Octavia’s color palette with a range of new, racy shades to choose from.

This car’s going to be really quick- for the 6 speed manual gearbox equipped 2.0 liter, 217bhp TSI petrol variant, 100 kmph is dispatched in just 6.8 seconds, making it the fastest production Octavia in history! There’s also the optional DSG automatic gearbox and surprisingly a diesel engine option too-a 2.0 L TDI motor producing 184 BHP of power and 380 NM of torque, with a 0- 100 kmph time of 8.1 seconds. It has a top speed of 246 KMPH.

The insides are all black with leather everywhere and vRS badges here and there. Standard kit includes rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, DAB tuner and dual-zone air-conditioning; although the inherent Octavia characteristics stay- the superior rear legroom and a humongous 590-litre boot. The Octavia vRS is available in estate body styles as well, the vRS Combi- although we don’t see that coming here anytime soon.

You can take a cue from, the different country using Skoda Octavia vRS as a Cop car for High Speed Chase for the crime. The European-spec Octavia vRS is also offered with a seven-speed DSG, start-stop and regenerative braking systems as standard features. These features might be offered in the Indian variant too but maybe not in the initial batches, as Skoda would want to test the waters before introducing these features which would reflect substantially on the price tag. 

Skoda however have serious plans to launch the diesel variant of Octavia vRS which is powered by 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor. Well its too early to say about the pricing but you can accept it to go beyond 20 lakhs.

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