The fast approaching Geneva Motor Show of 2015 will see Czech car maker Skoda unveil the Octavia vRS 230, the most powerful iteration ever of the Octavia vRS badge. The first vRS car to sit on the MQB platform, the Octavia vRS’ 230 moniker indicates the amount of poke the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will muster. 230 stands for 230 PS, or 227 Bhp. 10 Bhp is what the latest version of the Octavia vRS gains over the vRS variant that Skoda launched last year. This engine will make 350 Nm of torque, and together the power and torque figures will propel this fast Skoda to 250 Kph, scathing past the 100 Kph mark from standstill in just 6.7 seconds.
The boost in power comes down to a new ECU map and slightly higher turbo boost. So there, you have sportscar-like performance in a perfect, family saloon package. Should Skoda India sell this car here? We hope it does. Six speed manual and twin clutch DSG automatic transmissions will be on offer to drive the front wheels of the car. Apart from the impressive performance on tap, the Octavia vRS will also have other bits that make it stand out from the plain vanilla variants. For starters, the electronic differential that handles power transmission to the front wheels is an item borrowed from the high performance Golf GTI’s option pack.
The front and rear bumpers take a sporty tone, the fog lamps go LED, a spoiler riser from the boot lid while the chromed exhaust tips peek out from the bumper. A vRS badge is added to the front grille and rear boot lid, while the 18 inch alloy wheels with a different design nicely fill up the wheel wells. On the inside, the sporty intent of the car is on full show, with an all-black colour scheme for the dashboard and other interior aggregates. Red highlights serve to differentiate the vRS 230 variant from the rest of the cars in MQB Octavia vRS line up. A official reveal of this car will happen at Geneva, and until then two teaser images of the car in white is what we have with us.
The Octavia is also sold with a diesel engine, in this case a 2 liter TDI turbocharged unit with 184 Bhp-350 Nm outputs. The diesel powered Octavia vRS is distinctly slower than the revvy petrol powered variant. The o-100 Kph timing is achieved in 8.2 seconds, with top speed rated at 232 Kph. The diesel car uses the same transmissions as the petrol powered variant though. The biggest advantage that the diesel powered car holds over the petrol is in the fuel efficiency department. Skoda India sold the first and second generation vRS models here. If the past is of any indication of the way things will pan out in the future, the MQB Octavia vRS will soon be India bound, either in petrol or diesel trim. The more, the merrier.