New Octavia vRS photos leaked


Lovers of alternative hot hatches and undercover police drivers, rejoice: here’s a sneak preview of the new Octavia vRS, thanks to an inadvertent leak from Skoda itself.

Soon to be seen with blue lights behind the grille
Soon to be seen with blue lights behind the grille
The new vRS will make its official debut next July, and should look something like this. It’s a case of evolution rather than revolution, with the new model’s looks based heavily on those of the previous generation. Square-set grilles, thumping great exhausts and a boot-mounted hoop spoiler all echo older vRSs. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but it isn't offensive, either.

There’s no word yet on the technical specification of the new model, but it's looking as though it’ll get a version of the Mk7 Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine, which should be rated somewhere around the 200hp mark.

Pictures of the new model appeared briefly as part of the online car configurator on Skoda’s Slovak website. Apparently, configuring your Fabia in a certain way brought up these pictures of the new vRS. Unsurprisingly, the configurator has now been taken down for ‘technical reasons’. Oops.

First-gen estate still a great buy
First-gen estate still a great buy
Meanwhile, it’s now possible to get hold of one of the first-generation vRSs for £2,000, which seems pretty good value for a genuinely entertaining driver’s car that has space for the whole family. This one’s done reasonable mileage, if a touch above average, and still looks good despite its age. Or, for £400 more, you can get the estate version, which drives just as tidily and has vast reserves of carrying capacity in its boxy behind. Both models have 180hp from the proven 1.8-litre 20v turbo that has seen service in the Golf GTi, Leon Cupra and Audi S3, plus a whole host of others. And if that’s not quite enough power for you, it’s easily re-mappable, too. Tempting, no?

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  • Waitey 19 Dec 2012

    Diesel VRs with DSG in estate form with Recaro's. Next company bus sorted.

  • okie592 17 Dec 2012

    Bezza1969 said:
    Im a big fan of the Octavia VRS, in fact its high on my list as my next car. What other family car offers such a big boot, good turn of speed etc for the cash? Hopefully the old models will get cheaper too..

    One thing, I hope VAG give it the same power output as the VW and Seat models. Always annoyed my that the Octavia got stuck at 197 BHP for the past 6 years when the VW and Seat equivalents got the 210 BHP engine. Were they scared that if they were on equal terms even fewer people would buy the over priced and under achieving Golf GTI MK6?
    nothing a cheeky map cant sort

  • kambites 17 Dec 2012

    I assume you're talking about the mk1? In which case yes, the rear legroom is the same as the Golf (and is woeful).

    The mk2 has massively more space.

    Edited by kambites on Sunday 16th December 22:50

  • 405dogvan 17 Dec 2012

    These seem to have held their value better than you might expect!?

    The only thing I could never get away with was the nasty 'BLACK/WHITE' leather/dash treatment and the 'painfully' cramped back seat (it's a Golf - the extra length is all in the boot!!)

    I really did expect to find these under £1k for some reason smile

  • Stoofa 17 Dec 2012

    Bezza1969 said:
    Im a big fan of the Octavia VRS, in fact its high on my list as my next car. What other family car offers such a big boot, good turn of speed etc for the cash? Hopefully the old models will get cheaper too..

    One thing, I hope VAG give it the same power output as the VW and Seat models. Always annoyed my that the Octavia got stuck at 197 BHP for the past 6 years when the VW and Seat equivalents got the 210 BHP engine. Were they scared that if they were on equal terms even fewer people would buy the over priced and under achieving Golf GTI MK6?
    That is exactly why the car got the lower powered engine (although quite why the Seat got the "better" engines I don't know).
    If you specced out a Golf GTI and an Octavia vRS you got a lot more for your money going for the Octavia. SO the lower powered engine was used.
    However everyone knows that a software only upgrade will take the 200bhp engine to around 250bhp.
    Instead of VW seeing a Skoda sale as a good thing they instead consider every Skoda sale a lost VW sale. People have woken up and realised just what Skoda can offer and for what kind of price.
    I've owned 3 Octavia vRS so far and I've got a feeling this may well be number 4.

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