• Skoda claims this is the fastest Octavia ever
• Expected to go on sale in August
• Choice of petrol or diesel engines.

The new Skoda Octavia vRS has been revealed this week ahead of its global debut at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This third generation model is promised to be both faster and more efficient than the outgoing hot Octavia and will be available in both hatchback and estate bodystyles.

Styling-wise, the vRS adds a raft of sporting modifications to the regular Octavia. It’s lower than the standard model and the grille now sports a vRS badge, while the air-intakes have honeycomb inserts. There are also an all-new front bumper, bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights. In addition four new 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels will be available, behind which lie red brake callipers. At the rear, there is a large diffuser, two chrome trapezoidal exhaust pipes and a spoiler which, on the hatch sits on the boot lid, while on the estate it sits on top of the tailgate.

The interior gets new leather sports seats in the front, a unique three-spoke leather steering wheel, while the gearstick and handbrake lever are also trimmed in leather. Stainless steel pedals and door-sill plates also feature, while the cabin is festooned with vRS logos. Adaptive cruise-control is available as an option, while auto-dimming headlamps and Automatic Parking Assistant (which helps the driver to get in and out of tight spaces) as well as a new infotainment system come as standard.

Under the bonnet, there is a choice of petrol or diesel engines, with a 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder and a 181bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel. Both can be had with either a six-speed manual or semi-automatic twin-clutch DSG ‘box. The petrol version sprints from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and goes on to a top-speed of 154mph (with the manual gearbox), while the diesel model gets to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 144mph, again with the manual gearbox fitted. Skoda says that the diesel manual vRS is up to 19 per cent more efficient than its predecessor.

As well as more powerful engines, the Octavia vRS gets uprated suspension as well as an electronic front differential which helps with both grip through the corners and traction out of them. The brakes are also more powerful to deal with the extra performance.

The new Octavia vRS is set to go on sale in August and, while prices haven’t been officially revealed yet, we expect it to cost from just under £23,000.

By James Richardson

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