Third power option for new OCTAVIA vRS range
ŠKODA has added a third powertrain option to the new OCTAVIA vRS line-up with the introduction of a new 2.0 TDI model. It joins the 2.0 TSI petrol and 1.4 TSI PHEV models already unveiled last month and introduces the option of four-wheel drive.
The OCTAVIA vRS 2.0 TDI features the most powerful diesel engine offered in a vRS model with a peak power output of 200PS – a 16PS increase over the outgoing model. The engine is one of the latest generation of ŠKODA EVO power units, and features an aluminium cylinder block with aluminium pistons and low-friction piston rings. Power is delivered to the wheels through a seven-speed DSG gearbox.
The all-wheel drive distributes power through a new, electronically controlled sixth-generation multi-plate clutch. The new piston pump is driven by a brushless DC electric motor which features an integrated control unit to increase the clutch’s performance as well as its lifespan.
In design, the diesel-powered OCTAVIA vRS models are identical to their petrol and iV plug-in hybrid siblings. Both hatch and estate models feature unique front and rear bumper designs that incorporate a host of black details. These include the double-slat radiator grille, lower air diffuser and the distinctive air curtains above the front fog lights. The door mirror housings and window frames are finished in gloss black, while the estate model has black roof bars as standard.
At the rear, the hatch features gloss black aero flaps, diffuser and a subtle boot lid spoiler, while both models come with chrome exhaust tailpipes and vRS and iV badging as standard.
Inside, the new vRS combines sportiness with comfort and a generous quota of technology. The new multifunction three-spoke leather steering wheel is equipped with DSG paddles and new knurled wheels in a chrome design.
The heated front sports seats feature integrated headrests and are upholstered in black fabric while a black headlining further enhances the sophisticated interior ambience. The new seats, along with the steering wheel, armrests and Alcantara-padded instrument panel all bear the famous vRS logo and distinctive red stitching. Carbon optic decorative strips, LED ambient lighting and aluminium pedals complete the vRS’s interior design package.
All OCTAVIA vRS TDI models can be ordered now.