Thursday, 11 July 2013

Road - Cheap thrills?

Skoda has announced prices for its new Octavia vRS. Based on the third-generation Octavia launched earlier this year, the new Octavia vRS model will make its world debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The car is reputed to be lighter and more affordable to run and with prices starting from £22,990, it should appeal to those who want a bit of fun for not a lot of money.

Offered in both hatchback and estate forms, there is also a choice of engines and transmissions. Both the 220 PS (217 bhp) 2 litre TSI petrol and the 184 PS (182 bhp) 2 litre diesel can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or DSG automatic.

A new chassis set up features a lowered ride height (12mm hatch, 13mm estate) and advanced multi-link rear suspension design. An electronic differential lock (XDS) has been fully integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) system to further improve traction in corners. The new Octavia also introduces a new progressive steering system that varies the amount of lock required according to road speed.

The new Octavia vRS is available to order now and goes on sale in the UK on Thursday 1 August. The 'entry level' price is £22,990 for the 2 litre petrol model going up to £25,270 for the diesel with the DSG and paddles. Apparently, the 2 litre petrol is good for the 0 to 60 sprint in 6.8 seconds.

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