Our spies have snapped a mysterious Skoda Octavia vRS Estate prototype, hinting at a more powerful range-topping model. Details are a little thin on the ground but some subtle styling tweaks and a new exhaust system suggest a hike in performance.
Most obvious on the matt black Octavia vRS Estate are the addition of some huge alloys wheels borrowed from the Audi TT RS. There are minor changes to the rear bumper but quad-exhausts tucked away at the back lead to speculation as to what’s under the bonnet.
It’s likely the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine from the current vRS will remain but given the bold exterior styling a significant power hike is expected. Current output is 217bhp but that figure could rise to around 250bhp, with rumours also suggesting power could even rise to as much as 280bhp.
The engine in the vRS is also shared with the recently introduced 296bhp Volkswagen Golf R, so we know the engine is more than capable of producing the power. If the increase is as dramatic as anticipated we could also expect to see the Haldex four-wheel drive system fitted to help manage power delivery.
There is no official confirmation as to when this hot Octavia vRS will be unveiled. We’re also still in the dark as to it’s name but given the close to production look of this prototype, we could see it debut before the end of the year.