Skoda has confirmed a trio of powertrains will be available for new Octavia VRS buyers to choose from when the car goes on sale in the Autumn - including a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
Alongside the conventional petrol and diesel variants an electrified version of the performance-focussed edition will be offered for the first time, known as the Octavia VRS iV.
The TSI petrol version is likely to be the quickest VRS - with 245PS on tap from its 2.0-litre EA888 turbocharged engine shared with the Golf GTI. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.
Drivers of the plug-in hybrid are provided with the same 245PS output, delivered via a beefed-up version of the 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor setup as the regular Octavia iV. Only a six-speed DSG is offered here.
Performance is unlikely to matched with the TSI, however, as the iV has a weight deficit due to its 13.1kWh battery pack that provides a 37-mile zero-emission range. Company car drivers are expected to favour this model as its 30g/km CO2 emissions figure will provide low benefit-in-kind tax.
The diesel VRS (TDI) serves up slightly less power, with 200PS, but has more torque than the TSI. It’s also available with all-wheel-drive, while the other models make do with a front-wheel-drive setup.
Hatchback and estate bodies are offered across the VRS line up, which stands out with more aggressive styling, gloss black trim and larger alloy wheels.
A progressive steering system and sport suspension improves the Octavia’s driveability, while optional Dynamic Chassis Control (adaptive dampers) enables the driver to tailor the ride and handling from the vehicle’s touchscreen.