Hot on the heels of the new Skoda Octavia vRS 230 – the most powerful production vRS ever – comes the news that a 4×4 variant is on the way. Could this be the missing cog in the Skoda Octavia line-up?
More details on the UK specification will be released next week, but initial reports suggest the Octavia vRS 4×4 will be powered by the firm’s 2.0-litre TDI engine and offered with the six-speed DSG transmission. With 184hp on tap and the benefit of all-wheel drive, you stand every chance of matching the claimed 7.6 seconds it can take to reach 62mph.
A 141mph max and 280lb ft torque
The Octavia vRS 4×4 has a top speed of 141mph, with torque listed as 280lb ft between 1,750-3,250rpm. Fuel economy is 57.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 129g/km. Needless to say, there’s currently a cloud hovering above Volkswagen Group diesel emissions…
Speaking about the Octavia vRS 4×4, Werner Eichhorn, Skoda board member for sales and marketing, said: “The Octavia vRS has been very well received, and sales have exceeded our expectations. This 4×4 version will continue to drive the success of the model series.”
The third-generation Octavia vRS has been on sale since 2013, with more than 58,000 units produced to date. The new 4×4 version will be available in both hatchback and estate variants. It’s the ninth 4×4 in the Skoda range, which includes the Yeti 4×4 and Superb 4×4.
Sadly, Skoda is sticking to its guns and not giving the world a Superb vRS. We can only hope that there’s a change of heart in the Czech Republic.
In the meantime, there’s no word on whether a petrol version of the Octavia vRS 4×4 will be offered. We’ll bring you more news on the UK spec, including prices, next week.