Award winning all-new OCTAVIA vRS opens for ordering 27 October

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The award winning all-new OCTAVIA vRS 2.0 TSI 245PS DSG will be available for customer ordering from Tuesday 27 October.

  • Car of the Year 2020 (Auto Express)
  • Best Family Car 2020 (Auto Car)

More engines will be introduced on vRS later this year, including a 2.0 TSI 245PS manual, 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG and DSG 4x4, plus the plug-in hybrid vRS iV with a 1.4 TSI iV 245PS DSG.

Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, said, “By introducing the OCTAVIA vRS iV, we are starting a new chapter in the success story of our vRS portfolio. We are using plug-in hybrid drive in a sporty top of the range model for the first time. In the new OCTAVIA vRS iV, this both increases performance and reduces fuel consumption as well as CO2 emissions.”

Two e-TEC engines boasting mild hybrid technology

The two e-TEC versions of the OCTAVIA are making their ŠKODA debut. They will be the brand’s first production cars to feature mild hybrid technology when they start to roll off the line this summer. When combined with a 7-speed DSG, the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI producing 81 kW (110 PS) and the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI outputting 110 kW (150 PS) make use of a 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery that is located under the front passenger seat and has a capacity of 0.6 kWh. Both models can be identified by a specific badge on their tailgate.

Mild hybrid technology enables energy to be recovered when braking so that it can be stored in the 48-volt battery. This energy is used to support the combustion engine by providing it with an electrical boost of up to 50 Nm and, depending on the situation, makes it possible for the engine to switch off completely, letting the vehicle coast. As soon as engine power is required again, the motor restarts the engine in a fraction of a second. The stop/start function also works faster and more conveniently thanks to the use of the belt-driven starter motor. In addition, the engine generates less noise and vibrations when starting and the 48-volt battery is able to charge the regular 12-volt battery using a DC/DC converter. In total, the mild hybrid technology used for the two ŠKODA e-TEC engines allows for savings of up to 0.4 l of fuel per 100 km.

Dynamic, vRS-style interior

Looking inside the OCTAVIA vRS iV, the predominantly black interior stands out. The three-spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel bears a vRS logo and features paddles for operating the DSG. The front sports seats are upholstered in black fabric, whilst the optional Ergo seats come with Alcantara and leather upholstery as well as seat-depth adjustment. The seats are adorned by a vRS logo and coloured decorative stitching in red or silver-grey, which can also be found on the leather steering wheel, on the armrests and on the Alcantara-covered dashboard. Decorative strips in a vRS look and pedals with an aluminium design round off the sporty impression.

OCTAVIA iV plug-in hybrid delivering 204 PS

In addition to the vRS variant of the OCTAVIA iV, ŠKODA is also offering plug-in-hybrid drive for the SE and SE L trim levels. Here, the 1.4 TSI petrol engine and the 85-kW electric motor provide a power output of 150 kW (204 PS) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. This plug-in-hybrid variant can also cover an electric range of up to 60 km in the WLTP cycle* and is fitted with a 6-speed DSG, operated using shift-by-wire technology. Its CO2 emissions are approximately 30 g/km*. The OCTAVIA iV also complies with the EU6d emissions standard.

The lithium-ion high-voltage battery, with a capacity of 37 Ah equating to 13 kWh, used in both iV models can be conveniently charged at home using a standard household plug socket or a wall box. The charging port is concealed in the driver’s side of the front bumper. A regular 12-volt battery is located in the boot, which has a capacity of 450 l in the hatchback and 490 l in the estate. The fuel tank can hold 40 l – just five litres less than in OCTAVIAs that are powered purely by a combustion engine.

Sporty black accents provide distinguishing visual features

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS iV has specific LED fog lights and black 18-inch alloy wheels as standard; the brake callipers in RS-typical red catch the eye. 19-inch alloys are available as an option. The ŠKODA grille, air curtains, diffuser on the vRS-specific front apron, aeroflaps, diffuser on the rear apron and window frames all come in sporty black. The hatchback sports a black RS rear spoiler; in the estate, the roof spoiler matches the car colour.

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, explained, “We have given the already dynamic shape of the new OCTAVIA an even sportier appearance using familiar vRS insignias. With its numerous black design details, such as the ŠKODA grille, front apron, rear diffuser and alloy wheels, the car is immediately recognisable as a member of our vRS family.”

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Specification highlights (over SE First Edition)

  • 19-inch Altair anthracite alloy wheels
  • Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system)
  • Exterior gloss black sports styling including front grille, side strip, window surrounds, door mirrors and badging
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Electrically operated boot
  • vRS exterior design – vRS bumpers and lip spoiler (hatch only), and red brake calipers
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Black vRS sports upholstery with red stitching
  • Black headlining
  • Front heated seats
  • Three-spoke leather sports multi-function steering wheel with paddles for DSG
  • Carbon optic decorative inserts
  • Alcantara padded dash panel with contrast stitching
  • LED interior light pack (ambient lighting)
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 10-inch touchscreen display
  • Sports suspension (15mm lower than standard OCTAVIA, excludes vRS iV)
  • Front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Progressive dynamic steering
  • Keyless entry and start/stop including rear doors

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