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Geneva Motor Show Special: Skoda powers up the Octavia vRS

By Abhishek Wairagade

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It was not long ago that Skoda revealed the 230bhp variant of the Octavia vRS in Europe but the Czech carmaker has gone one step ahead and put additional 15bhp of power, making the new vRS the most powerful Skoda ever. Skoda also featured the estate variant, naming it the Scout at the Geneva Motor Show.

Powered by the same 2-litre TSI engine that powers the rest of the petrol vRS range, the new Octavia vRS 245 makes 242bhp and 370Nm of torque. That’s 15bhp more than the previous vRS, making it the most powerful car to wear Skoda’s sportiest badge. To help control the car’s increased performance; it’s equipped with an electronically controlled limited slip differential as standard which uses a clutch pack on the front axle that is controlled by hydraulic pressure to vary the amount the front axle locks. The vRS 245 can also be had with adaptive dampers and can be outfitted with Skoda’s Dynamic Chassis Control that changes the stiffness depending on the driving mode. The vRS sits 14mm lower than the rest of the Octavia range and also sports 19-inch black wheels.

Inside the vRS has Alcantara covered seats that wear the vRS logo, a perforated leather steering wheel and LED ambient lighting that can be set to one of the ten colour options.

The vRS is expected to be launched in India sometime later this year. But would we get the 230 variant or the 245? Let’s wait and watch.

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