Next Skoda Octavia vRS pictures leaked

14 Dec, 2012 12:45pm Tom Phillips

Pictures of the new 217bhp Skoda Octavia vRS have been leaked online

The first grainy pictures of the next Skoda Octavia vRS have emerged on a Czech car forum. The vRS images appear to be screen grabs from a configurator or similar website, and show what looks like a virtual rendering of the next performance flagship Octavia.

The images reveal that the new Octavia vRS will feature a similar approach to the existing car, with subtle styling additions that include more aggressive bumpers with LED daytime running lights at the front, and trapezoidal twin exhausts at the rear.

Propeller-style five-spoke alloys are also shown, covering brakes which now feature red-painted calipers, while there is a small wing on the boot lid.

Under the bonnet is expected to be the latest EA888 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that will also be fitted to the VW Golf GTI, which produces 217bhp – up from the 197bhp in the current Octavia vRS.

A 2.0-litre diesel version is also expected, along with a choice of saloon and estate bodystyles, and a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes.

The standard Skoda Octavia hatch is due to arrive in the UK in March, the estate follows in May, while the first vRS cars are due to arrive in the UK in July, priced from around £22,000.