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Skoda prepares new Octavia vRS for UK police

Skoda has developed a specially modified version of its new Octavia vRS for police fleets, as part of its bespoke emergency services provision.

The new vRS police car is equipped with a 245PS petrol engine and DSG, providing a 0-62mph time of just 6.7 seconds – making it ideal for rapid response officers.

As part of its conversion, the car provides 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a three tone siren.

The new Octavia welcomes the brand’s latest infotainment technology, with a 10-inch central display. The Virtual Cockpit instrument panel is fitted as standard too, allowing police drivers to configure the display to best suit their needs.

Enhanced safety is provided with the fitment of full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive front light system (AFS), while the new vRS also features wireless smartphone integration, Adaptive Cruise Control, and front and rear parking sensors with Manoeuvre Assist.

Police officers will also benefit from heated front seats, a new multifunction three-spoke leather sports steering wheel featuring DSG paddles and chrome knurled wheels.

The boot provides 600-litres of space in the hatch, with the estate model a slightly roomier 640-litres; both offering plenty of space for officers to transport equipment.

Additional vRS versions will be launched in the coming months, these will include a manual version of the launch 245PS TSI model, a 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG with the option of four-wheel drive and the brand’s first electrified vRS model – a 245PS Octavia vRS iV DSG.

Skoda’s team of specialist converters are able to deliver further modifications to meet the exact requirements of individual police services and units. Previous examples include the integration of ANPR cameras within the vehicle to tackle anti-social driving and identify uninsured drivers and equipping the rear of the vehicle with air-conditioned dog kennels for specialist dog handling teams.

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