Geneva debut for most potent Skoda Octavia

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The Geneva Show in March will see the debut of the Skoda Octavia vRS 245 – the most powerful version of the model yet.

Offering as its name suggests 245hp, 15 horses more than any previous Octavia vRS model, the newcomer will go on sale later in 2017 in both hatch and estate form.

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The increased power of its 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol engine, allied to 370Nm of torque between 1600 and 4300rpm, will see the Octavia hatch through 62mph from rest in 6.6 seconds, the estate just one tenth slower. Both models will be electronically limited to a 155mph top speed.

In-gear acceleration is promised to be equally impressive. Hatch models will go from 37-62mph in 6.4 seconds, from 50-75mph in 6.6 seconds, with again the Estate just behind.

First dual-clutch auto ‘box

Octavia vRS 245 models will be supplied as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox but for the first time buyers will also be able to specify a seven-speed dual-clutch auto unit.
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The 245 gains the performance-pitched chassis modifications of other Octavia vRS variants. The chassis is 14mm lower to the ground, while the rear track grows 38mm over previous vRS cars.

The Electronic Stability Control includes a Sport mode and an electronic limited-slip differential is fitted as standard, making itself particularly felt when accelerating rapidly out of corners.

A Performance Mode Select driver aid allows individual adjustment of the drive, chassis and road comfort settings, progressive steering is included and adaptive suspension an option.

Visually the car gains various design tweaks to emphasise its sporty nature, including a wider radiator grille with honeycomb-style air inlets, gloss black detailing, notably on the 19-inch alloy wheels, and sports seats, steering wheel and aluminium pedals inside.

The latest infotainment and connectivity systems are also included, among the features a wi-fi hotspot and real-time navigation.

Prices for the Skoda Octavia vRS 245 are yet to be announced – they will no doubt be more than the £25,130 of the vRS 230.

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Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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