Are you tired of looking at the same set of studio shots of the brand-new 2014 Skoda Octavia RS (vRS for Britain)? We were, so when Skoda came out with a fresh batch of images along with the first videos of the performance models (there's a liftback and a station wagon version) we jumped on the opportunity to share them with you.
Making its first public outing today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, the performance flavored version of the new generation Octavia continues the tradition of offering both petrol and diesel variants, with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional DSG dual-clutch automatic driving the front wheels.
The petrol Octavia RS sports a 217bhp (220PS) 2.0-liter turbocharged four accelerating the car to 62mph (100km/h) in 6.8 seconds, before topping out at 154mph (248 km/h). The new petrol engine with manual transmission is 17 percent or 1.3 l/100 km more economical than its predecessor with a combined 6.2 l/100 km (37.9 mpg US or 45.6 mpg UK), while CO2 emissions have dropped by 33 g to 142 g/km.
With the 181bhp (184PS) 2.0-liter diesel, the RS sprints to 62mph (100km/h) in 8.1 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 145 mph (232 km/h). The diesel saloon with manual 6sp transmission averages a combined 4.6 l/100 km (51.1 mpg US or 61.4 mpg UK) and emits 119 g CO2 per kilometre – a 19 percent improvement over the older model, says Skoda.
Both engine variants come with a sported up and lowered chassis, bigger and wider wheels, an Electronic differential lock (XDS) integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) system, mild styling and aerodynamic improvements, plus a sportier trimmed interior.