The newcomer is available as a hatchback or estate, and when fitted with the 217bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine – sourced from the top-spec Golf – it promises a 154mph top speed. That’s 2mph up on the VW, and makes the car the fastest Octavia ever.
The vRS 2.0-litre TSI is three-tenths slower than the GTI from 0-62mph, recording a time of 6.8 seconds. Plus, as before, Skoda will sell a diesel, featuring the 181bhp 2.0-litre engine from the Golf GTD. The vRS TDI covers 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds.
Firmer sports suspension means the saloon is 12mm lower than the standard Octavia and the estate 13mm lower. There’s also an XDS electronic differential and multi-link rear suspension.
Setting the newcomer apart visually from other Octavias is an aggressive bodykit, vRS badges and honeycomb intakes in the front bumper. Xenon headlamps with LED running lights feature, while owners can pick from new 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy designs.
Inside are new vRS sports seats, a perforated leather steering wheel and stainless steel pedals. There are vRS dials and floor mats, too.
The Octavia vRS debuts at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, before going on sale here in August. Prices have yet to be announced, but the diesel vRS is set to cost just shy of £23,000 – the Golf GTD is priced £25,285.