Special edition Skoda Octaivia vRS Challenge revealed

Skoda has revealed details of a UK-only Octavia vRS Challenge with plenty of standard goodies

Sensible brother to the Golf GTI, the Skoda Octavia vRS  has been revealed in a new special edition Challenge model, which throws in £4535 worth of desirable features usually found on the options list for an extra £2460 over its equivalent version.

Starting with a standard 245 version of the Octavia vRS, Skoda then pairs larger 19-inch wheels, finished in black, with an equally black finish to the grille, exhausts, mirror caps and badging. The interior is unchanged, with Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with red diamond stitching, but they are now heated as standard. Adaptive dampers are also included, a worthwhile upgrade as the larger 19-inch wheels in our experience for have a detrimental effect on ride quality.

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Otherwise everything is as per the usual vRS 245, which means the ubiquitous EA888 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 242bhp and 273lb ft of torque. Keeping the power in check is either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission, which then sends it to the front wheels via an electronically actuated limited slip differential.

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Performance is unchanged compared to the standard Octavia vRS, taking 6.6sec to reach 62mph in hatch form when fitted with either transmission - opt for the even more practical Estate and you’ll only be down 0.1 of a second behind.

As we know, the Octavia’s combination of value for money, practicality and relative pace makes it a real-world hero of ours, something compounded by this vRS Challenge’s petrol-only engine choice.

That’s not the end of this story though, as the all-new Octavia is not far away, and with a vRS version pretty much guaranteed to arrive soon after, we’ll be looking forward to what the next generation of vRS will look, and crucially drive like. 

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