Currently, if you want to buy a vRS performance model from Skoda, the Czech automaker can only sell you one car, the Octavia vRS.
Skoda bosses, however, are considering adding more vRS versions to their range, which would include the Superb and even the Kodiaq SUV, whose performance versions could arrive in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
In an interview with AutoExpress, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said that there is “serious potential” for vRS versions of the automaker’s flagship models, seen as how more buyers are going for top-level trims on the new Octavia and Superb.
“It is under discussion. Larger models have more potential to add value and vRS could be a part of this. It’s not a question of the engineering; we can do it, but we need to establish a business case first.”
At the same time, Maier downplayed the chances of a possible Fabia vRS hot hatch as it is currently not considered feasible by the automaker. As another source stated “People ask us ‘please build a Fabia vRS, it’ll be great!’ But we say back: ‘Will you buy it?’ The potential to make money in that market is very slim.”
As for the potential range-topping Superb vRS, like the one portrayed here by Theophilus Chin, it would have to be more formidable than the current Superb flagship, powered by a 280 PS (276 HP) 2.0-liter turbo unit, sending power to all four wheels. The Golf R’s 300 PS (296 HP) drivetrain could be a possibility, perhaps with a slight power bump in order to help differentiate the two models.
Such an engine could then be offered exclusively with four-wheel drive in the upcoming Kodiaq SUV as well.