The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 features the new face of the brand with particularly sporty details. The radiator grille's vertical slats as well as its frame both come in a gloss-black finish. The bumper is designed with a particularly bold horizontal line, has broad honeycomb air inlets and contributes to the car's wide and sculptured impression. The redesigned headlight clusters in a crystalline look feature full-LED technology and the AFS adaptive front light system as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology as well as a crystalline appearance.
The housings of the electrically adjustable wing mirrors, featuring a memory function and puddle lights, which illuminate the surrounding area when getting in and out of the car, are presented in a black finish. The radiator grille and the tailgate both sport the RS logo featuring a gloss-black 'V' (for victory). Features such as the spoiler at the rear of the hatchback or roof spoiler on the Estate are further elements of the car's emotive and dynamic design. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 can also be recognised as a high-performance car acoustically thanks to the sound of its exhaust system. In keeping with the rest of the exterior, the trapezoid tailpipe trims are painted in gloss black.
With the ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245, the roofline gently slopes towards the rear and elegantly merges with the D-pillar. The finishing touches are provided by a spoiler lip (for the hatchback) and a roof spoiler (for the Estate). The rear light clusters create the impression of being embedded while LEDs fulfil almost all of the lighting functions. The brand-typical C-shaped tail lights have the appearance of homogeneous lighting surfaces. Contours incorporated into the lights ensure better aerodynamics, leading to a drag coefficient of 0.303 for the hatchback and 0.319 for the Estate.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 and ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245 are available in a choice of four body colours: Corrida Red, Moon White, Magic Black and Meteor Grey.
The multifunction sports steering wheel with perforated leather and integrated steering wheel paddles (for DSG transmissions) matches the car's dynamic ambience. The radio and telephone (Bluetooth) can be operated from the optionally heated steering wheel. A colour Maxi-DOT display forms part of the instrument cluster. The LED ambient lighting bathes the interior in atmospheric light that can be set to one of ten various colours.
Under the bonnet of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family's sporty top model beats a 245 PS fourâ-cylinder TSI petrol engine. It offers 15 PS more than the most powerful variant of the current vRS model. Maximum torque of 370 Nm is achieved between 1,600 and 4,300 rpm. There is a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission. From a standing start, the hatchback hits the 62 mph mark in 6.6 seconds, the Estate takes 6.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, making the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 the fastest and most powerful OCTAVI. The average fuel consumption when combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission is 44.1 mpg (42.8 mpg with a 6-speed manual gearbox), with CO2 emissions of 146 and 150 g/km respectively. In fifth gear, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 245 with a manual gearbox sprints from 37 to 62 mph in just 6.4 seconds (Estate: 6.5 seconds) and from 50 to 75 mph in 6.6 seconds (Estate: 6.8 seconds).
Compared to the 'normal' models in the range, the sports chassis lowers the body of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 by 15 mm. Its rear track is 30 mm wider than that of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 230 predecessor. The standard, burnished gloss-black alloy wheels are 19 inches in diameter.
The ESC stability system with Sport mode is also part of the standard equipment, as is the driven wheels' electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential. This provides for particularly dynamic acceleration when exiting corners. The technology, that was originally developed for motorsport, works with an electronically regulated multi-plate clutch that is located between the differential and the powered axle on the right-hand side. As and when it is needed, 100 per cent of the power can be directed to one front wheel. When cornering, the differential transfers an increased amount of engine power to the outer front wheel - i.e. to the wheel with the most grip - as required. The risk of understeer during acceleration is significantly reduced.
Performance Mode Select with the Performance Sound Generator function enables individual adjustment of drive, chassis and comfort settings. The dynamic character of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 is additionally highlighted by the car's progressive steering and the optional adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).
Electrically operated valves adjust the dampers' settings. The driver has access to three modes to do this: Comfort, Standard and Sport. In addition, DCC contributes to increased active safety by automatically switching to Sport mode when cornering in a particularly dynamic manner and, in doing so, ensures greater stability, better traction and shorter braking distances.
With Driving Mode Select, the driver can change the steering characteristics, the operation of the DSG transmission, and the settings of other systems in the Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual modes. The individual preferences are saved on the optionally available, personalisable keys. These also store further individual settings such as those for the Climatronic and audio systems as well as seat position, and apply them automatically.