Alongside hybrid models, Skoda also has plans for pure electric RS models

The next-generation Octavia vRS, arriving by 2021, will have a hybrid variant to sit alongside internal-combustion engine options such as petrol or diesel.

Talking about a hybrid powertrain on the next Octavia, Christian Strube, Skoda R&D boss said: “Octavia is a good possibility. Perhaps in an RS version - because it’s a good mix between sustainability [and performance]. If you drive 70km, you can drive everyday to work electrified and if you want to haves some fun at the weekend you have an RS version. It’s really nice.”

Skoda is launching its first plug-in hybrid next year in its Superb model. Strube said the PHEV would be “more or less” the same powertrain as previewed in the Vision RS concept shown at the Paris motor show.

This combines a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and a 101bhp electric motor to give a total output of 242bhp and a claimed 0-62mph time of 7.1sec.

An Octavia vRS hybrid would use a similar set-up but naturally get more overall power to make it performance-car-worthy.

The fastest current Octavia vRS is a 242bhp petrol and achieves the benchmark sprint in 6.6secs. Any future model will no doubt look to trump that time.

The only RS models currently on sale are the Octavia vRS and the new Kodiaq vRS.

There is no word on other RS models but a Karoq RS has been mooted. Strube said he would like to see one in the upcoming Rapid replacement, previewed in the Vision RS concept. “I think this fits perfectly. But you could also do one on the Superb.

“We are selling a lot of RS. I have two directions: to push the development for sustainability, such as electrification and on the other side, of course, I’m pushing all these RS versions because these makes the brand much much more emotional which is important for economical sustainability.”

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Skoda also has plans for pure electric RS models. Sales and marketing boss Alain Favey has previously told Autocar a performance version of its upcoming electric SUV will arrive in 2022 likely badged eRS.

Ahead of the next-generation Octavia vRS arriving, the fourth-generation Octavia will launch by 2020. The model is easily Skoda’s biggest selling car so is crucial to its success.

The standard Octavia is also set to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain as one of five electrified vehicles confirmed by the brand to arrive by 2020.

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5 October 2018

With all things being equal. What would you rather have, a Petrol vRS or a Hybrid vRS for £2,000 more (both around 250bhp).

I know which I'd go for!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

6 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

With all things being equal. What would you rather have, a Petrol vRS or a Hybrid vRS for £2,000 more (both around 250bhp).

I know which I'd go for!

 

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH...DO TELL!!!!. What do you drive and will you use it as a trade-in?. Better phone first before driving down in your decrepit sofa. TwIT

5 October 2018

And heavier, and over complicated.

5 October 2018
Cobnapint wrote:

And heavier, and over complicated.

So I'll put you down for the ICE version?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

6 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

Cobnapint wrote:

And heavier, and over complicated.

So I'll put you down for the ICE version?

 

You do that then and maybe someone will do that to...for you.TwIT

5 October 2018

The fastest current Octavia vRS is a 242bhp petrol

Or to be more accurate, the fastest Octavia vRS was a 242bhp petrol. To the best of my knowledge, Skoda aren't accepting orders for this car now.

Figures for it's Golf counterpart were reduced so the car could comply with new European WLTP laws, I wouldn't be surprised if Skoda follow suit or withdraw the car altogether until their new model comes on sale. 

5 October 2018

When the Fabia gave up its simple VRS model (all be it diesel) sales all but stopped at the DSG only twin charged model that followed was too expensive, not what a hot hatch should be, and ultimately very unrelaible. A hybrid VRS wont be only £2,000 more, It wont be manual, so you have the cost of the DSG, plus the hybrid system, plus the extra weight. And as a result it wont sell 

5 October 2018

3-0 then. Anyone out there favour a Hybrid DSG over the ICE vRS DSG version?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

3-0 then. Anyone out there favour a Hybrid DSG over the ICE vRS DSG version?

I would go for the hybrid in a lease deal, which is how most cars are sold nowadays. The pure electric range would make the car bulletproof if any cities decided to have electric only zones, and I woukd still have just as much fun with the ICE elsewhere.

5 October 2018
Ubberfrancis44 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

3-0 then. Anyone out there favour a Hybrid DSG over the ICE vRS DSG version?

I would go for the hybrid in a lease deal, which is how most cars are sold nowadays. The pure electric range would make the car bulletproof if any cities decided to have electric only zones, and I woukd still have just as much fun with the ICE elsewhere.

I was taking about private purchase. The extra weight and complexity would take away the fun for me. Anyway I'll chalk up your preference presuming you're ok with the extra on the RRSP  

p.s. Cities won't ban petrol without several years notice so you'd be safe on that front.   

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