No, this isn’t the first time that we’ve gotten a glimpse of the high performance vRS version of the all new 2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura. That honor is courtesy some fat fingered IT boy at Skoda who mistakenly let the cat out of the bag by releasing the online configurator section of the Octavia vRS. While you can click here to read that story and check out the Octavia vRS in multiple angles, here’s a high quality image of the 2013 Octavia vRS. And we simply love what we see, for the Octavia vRS looks as fast as it goes. Check her out for yourself.
Justifying its high performance credentials and the sweet looking vRS badge on the grille, the 2013 Octavia vRS will be powered by a massaged 2 Liter TSI turbo petrol motor. This engine will be borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTI and in the Skoda, the motor is expected to output around 220 horses. Torque too will be about a heady 350 Nm. Skoda could unleash a high performance diesel engined Octavia vRS with the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine under the hood. The 2013 Octavia vRS is expected to make do with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard piece of kit, allowing car enthusiasts to have full control over the power and torque generated by the car’s high performance motor.
Apart from the more powerful engines, the Octavia vRS is expected to see a major upgrade in the suspension department to match its sporty intent. Stiffened suspension and tweaked steering to induce more feel are the two major changes that you can expect the vRS to feature. The cosmetics too will see some tweaking. A new front bumper and grille job with vRS badging, daytime running lamps replacing the fog lamps, cladding across the wings of the car, a flatter rear bumper with the boot lid getting a spoiler and twin exhausts are the major cosmetic changes on the vRS model.
The tastiest bit though are the 18 inch alloy wheels, which really add to the sporty character of the Octavia vRS. This car will go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2013. While Skoda India will launch the regular variants of the 2013 Octavia/Laura in India in the middle of the year, launch plans for the vRS in India remain uncertain. That said, Skoda India did launch the vRS version of the previous generation Laura in India. So, we could eventually have the hot new vRS being launched in India as well. Watch this space.
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