Details of the next-generation Skoda Octavia vRS have leaked out, courtesy of the Czech company itself. These photos of a vRS-style model appeared as thumbnails on the company’s European website, despite Skoda’s official line being that a vRS model doesn’t yet exist.
However, senior insiders have confirmed plans to replace the current version. It will become Skoda’s most powerful road car when it arrives in early 2006, and these pictures reveal that the typical vRS styling cues will be carried over from both the current Octavia and Fabia vRS models.
These include oval exhaust pipe, vertical shafts in the front air intake, a rear bumper without rubber strips and all-new bumper designs front and back. A small boot spoiler completes the subtle but purposeful sporting makeover, while the interior will get the usual vRS-specific changes such as two-tone seats and chrome-rimmed dials.
Under the bonnet, the second-generation Octavia vRS should get a power increase over the current car’s 180bhp from the ubiquitous 1.8-litre turbo engine currently used across the VW group. Insiders suggest it will use the 200bhp 2.0 FSi turbo engine bolted into the VW Golf GTi concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.