High-performance Skoda Octavia vRS should be arriving in India around the festive season.
The refreshed Skoda Octavia is already here and it’ll be going on sale in the country, starting July 2017. However, if you happen to be an enthusiast, it’s very likely that all you care about right now is the hot vRS derivative of the new Octavia over anything else. So, here’s a bit of good news for you folks – as promised earlier, Skoda will bringing in the new Octavia vRS to our shores in the final quarter of 2017!
The last time a Skoda wore the vRS badge in India was way back in 2011, when the Czech manufacturer launched the Laura vRS. As good as it was back then, it wasn’t really a true vRS – it used the same 1.8-litre TSI engine from the standard model, but added side skirts and other cosmetic bits and bobs to differentiate it from the regular car. The suspension setup was tweaked a bit, but that’s about it. This time around, though, Skoda won’t be serving a half-baked job since we will get the real deal now – the full-blooded Octavia vRS.
For starters, it’ll get a bigger and more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI engine over the regular car’s 1.8-TSI motor. Which means the engine will develop 227bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of peak torque. In European markets, it’s available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. It’s likely that in India, we will only get the automatic version. The Octavia vRS is also available with a diesel motor in global markets, but Skoda India will probably give it a miss. And that’s alright because if you want serious thrills, petrol is the way to go – 0-100km/h will be dismissed in 6.7 seconds before it hits an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h!
To improve handling, the new Octavia vRS gets wider front and rear tracks, while it comes with something called ‘Dynamic Chassis Control’ that offers different damping settings in three modes – Sport, Normal and Comfort. It also has a ‘Performance Mode Select’ that helps the drive alter the steering and gearbox characteristics in four modes – Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual. The ride height is also lowered by 15mm over the standard version.
Skoda is expected to launch the new Octavia vRS around the festive season this year. And since it’ll be brought into the country as a CBU, expect it to have a sticker price of around Rs 30 lakh – Rs 35 lakh. Yup, that kind of performance comes at a price!