Skoda is to increase production of its high performance Octavia vRS range and believes one in 10 Octavias built could become vRS variants.
Currently, around 7% of Octavia production is vRS – and even this, revealed Skoda’s board member for technical development Dr Frank Welsch at the Geneva Motor Show, is a record level for the firm. Skoda’s best selling car overall is the Octavia and “we have never sold as many vRS as today.”
“However, there remains great demand for the car. So we have made some production changes, which will be in place soon. It could take the share of vRS Octavia up to 8% or 9%, probably even more.”
It’s a potentially significant increase. Despite being in model changeover year, Skoda built 360,000 Octavia in 2013. This year, it’s feasible the company could hit the 400,000 mark – meaning 40,000 vRS could make their way onto the world’s roads this year alone.
That’s a huge number for a performance variant…
The vRS line is one that “adds a little bit more emotion,” said Dr. Welsch, while staying true to Skoda’s core values of roominess, a good price to value ratio (“but not cheap!” stressed Dr. Welsch”) and, more recently, cars with a clearer, cleaner design look.
The latest Octavia vRS, offered as a 220hp petrol or 184hp diesel, was introduced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in summer 2013: MR was among the first to drive the car up the famous Goodwood hill.
So impressed were we, MR Towers’ car park is soon to be graced by a diesel estate vRS long-termer. And you won’t believe the colour we’ve gone for…