Special edition Skoda Octaivia vRS Challenge revealed

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

Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge

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.

> Click here for our review of the Skoda Octavia vRS

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.

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. 

Recommended

Skoda Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid 2020 review – eco stealth
Skoda Octavia vRS iV review - rear cornering
Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback

Skoda Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid 2020 review – eco stealth

Skoda’s 242bhp plug-in hybrid Octavia vRS estate might further its appeal for some, but its inherited mass leaves little vRS left in what is an otherw…
9 Dec 2020

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021