A sharper, more engaging and faster Octavia vRS
, fast enough that Skoda has fitted an electronic limiter at 155mph - 1mph more than Skoda claims for the non-230 model. The 10hp increase in power drops 0.1 seconds off the 0-62mph time - the hatch managing that in 6.7 seconds in manual guise.
That rise in power has been achieved with the fitment of a new exhaust, as well as revisions to the ECU and turbocharger. The increased performance comes with no penalty in emissions or economy, there’s some black trim items and unique alloy wheels, as well as more standard kit included in the £2,520 premium.
Those slight improvements are backed with the addition of a new electronic differential, which promises greater agility, and makes it more suited to track driving, according to Skoda. How that additional agility really translates to the road we’ll have to wait and see, this first drive undertaken exclusively on the wide, expansive and fast Slovakia Ring racing circuit.