The fastest production Octavia in history, the new third-generation Skoda Octavia vRS, will cost between £22,990 and £25,450.
Offered with high-performance petrol and diesel engines in saloon and estate bodystyles, it is capable of 0-62mph in 6.8sec and a top speed of 154mph in its most potent petrol-powered state.
Set for a global reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, the Skoda comes equipped with either a 217bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine from the Volkswagen Golf GTI or a 181bhp 2.0 TDI diesel unit from the Golf GTD. The vRS diesel manages 0-62mph in 8.1sec and a 144mph top speed.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard for both versions, whereas a six-speed DSG dual-clutch is optional. Fuel economy is said to be improved by 19 per cent over the previous-generation Octavia vRS.
Sports suspension is standard on the front-drive Octavia vRS, with an electronic XDS differential equipped as standard to help improve traction and reduce understeer. A ‘progressive’ steering set-up with a quicker rack also features.
The Skoda Octavia vRS is easily distinguished from more humble Octavias thanks to a series of sporty design changes. There is a new front grille, honeycomb air intakes, new front and rear bumpers, a black rear diffuser, chrome trapezoidal exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, LED rear lights and bi-xenon front headlights with integrated LEDs.
Alloy wheels of 17in, 18in and 19in in diameter are all offered, with 225/45 tyres offered on the 17s and 225/45s offered on the 18s and 19s. Sat behind the alloys are red brake calipers.
Inside, there are sports seats, a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and sill plates, and a new instrument panel. Black trim and vRS badging also feature.
The new Skoda Octavia vRS is due on sale in the UK in August.
Skoda Octavia vRS prices
Octavia vRS hatchback 2.0 TSI - £22,990
Octavia vRS hatchback 2.0 TSI 220PS DSG - £24,380
Octavia vRS hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF - £23,260
Octavia vRS hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF - £24,650
Octavia vRS estate 2.0 TSI 220PS - £23,790
Octavia vRS estate 2.0 TSI 220PS DSG - £25,180
Octavia vRS estate 2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF - £24,060