NEWS: New Skoda Octavia vRS To Debut At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

In one of the longest press releases of the year – Skoda has revealed full details of their fastest Octavia vRS to date, which is set to make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 10th.
Let us precis the headline facts... deep breaths everyone! 
They say it's "the perfect combination of sportiness, space and functionality.' It offers 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds and V-max of 154mph, from the two-litre petrol 220 PS and there's also a new two-litre diesel 184 PS diesel (managing 0-62 mph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph); both offering more performance, lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions. 
The new third generation Octavia vRS also offers "innovative technology" with updated safety and comfort assistance systems, progressive steering and new design language Bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and a fresh look of four new 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheel options. And of course sports suspension comes as standard, in usual vRS style. And there's a manual gearbox or DSG dual clutch transmission available as options for both engines, each with six gears. Meanwhile, Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration are fitted as standard, as is an Electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC). 
The new cars are longer (+86-88mm), wider (+45mm) and the wheelbase is 102mm longer too compared to the 2nd Gen. vRS.  
Of course, there's also a range of Skoda's ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as the foldable cargoitems as well as the double-sided boot flooring, an ice scraper in the fuel cap and the high-vis jacket under the driver’s seat. There are also litter containers, multimedia holders and a number of storage compartments, holders and hooks fitted as standard in the new Octavia vRS. The new Octavia estate vRS has an optional adjustable boot floor. The jacket shelf under the boot cover is new in the estate vRS. The roller cover for the boot can be removed and stowed under the adjustable loading floor. The backrest of the rear seat can also be folded 60:40.
"The new ŠKODA Octavia vRS is in a sports league of its own," says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "Our latest model stands for horsepower and fuel efficiency and, at the same time, for emotion and rationality. Never before has an Octavia vRS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car. In this perfect combination, the new Octavia vRS and Octavia estate vRS set new standards in the sporty compact class and also takes the brand’s sporty genes with it on the road. A perfect car for free time and everyday use, maximum power, the latest technology and great value for money," explains Vahland.
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