Škoda has revealed the high-performance vRS version of its 2017 facelifted Octavia, with CO2 emissions from just 119g/km.
The flagship model is powered by a tuned version of the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, producing 184ps.
Acceleration to 60mph is carried out in 7.9 seconds, thanks to 380nm of torque, yet average fuel economy is reported at 62.8mpg.
An even faster model is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, developing 230ps, but it is unlikely to appeal to fleet drivers as emissions rise to 149g/km and fuel economy drops to 43.4mpg.
All models feature LED headlights, a wider front grille, larger air intakes and a black rear diffuser to accentuate the car’s sporting pretensions. It also has red brake callipers and 18-inch alloy wheels.
To enhance driving dynamics Škoda has lowered the suspension by 15mm and increased rear track by 30mm.
Drivers can adjust the steering, dampers and throttle response using the Dynamic Chassis Control system, giving a choice between normal, comfort or sport settings.
Inside, the vRS has half leather sports seats, ambient interior lighting, aluminium pedals and a raft of Škoda’s ‘simply clever’ solutions, including umbrellas in the door pockets.
Prices are yet to be announced.