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The new Å KODA Octavia VRS 245

The sporty top model of ŠKODA’s bestselling range is now even more powerful, dynamic and emotive. The new top variant, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245, is available as a hatchback and a Combi. The 2.0 TSI engine produces 245 PS and allows the compact sports car to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds: 6.7 seconds for the Estate. New lighting systems ensure even greater safety. Thanks to an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, occupants can be ‘always online’. Numerous driver assistance systems improve comfort and safety in the car. The space available remains unsurpassed. Here is an overview of the most important new features, highlights and information. 

› GENERAL: The most powerful ŠKODA OCTAVIA in the company’s history. Numerous exterior and interior features and details emphasise the sporty and dynamic focus. Practicality of a family vehicle, dynamics of a sports car.

› EXTERIOR DESIGN: The brand’s new face with a particularly sporty expression and numerous detailed solutions. Tailor-made dynamic body. Radiator grille’s vertical slats and frame in gloss black.

› INTERIOR DESIGN: Predominantly black interior with high-quality materials. Alcantara® sports seats with high sides and integrated headrests for safe support even in fast corners. Driver’s seat: electrically adjustable, lumbar support, memory function for up to three people. Multifunction sports steering wheel with perforated leather and integrated steering wheel paddles (for DSG transmissions), heated version optional. Colour Maxi-Dot display integrated into the instrument cluster. LED interior ambient lighting that can be set to one of ten various colours.

› INTERIOR SPACE: Typical of ŠKODA: generous dimensions and luxuriously spacious. Rear kneeroom 73 mm, elbow room 1,454 mm in front and 1,449 in rear. Boot capacity (hatchback): 590 l (1,580 l with folded rear seats). Estate: 610 l (1,740 l with folded rear seats).

› ENGINES: Fastest and most powerful ŠKODA OCTAVIA ever. Four-cylinder TSI petrol with 245 PS = 15 PS more than the current most powerful variant. Maximum torque of 370 Nm from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm. Choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG gearbox. From 0 to 62 mph: hatchback 6.6 seconds, Combi 6.7 seconds. Top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Fuel consumption: 44.1 mpg for 7-speed DSG variant.

› CHASSIS: ESC stability system with Sport mode and electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential as standard. Allows for particularly dynamic acceleration when exiting bends. Performance Mode Select with Performance Sound Generator function enables individual adjustment of drive, chassis and comfort settings. Optional adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).

› LED LIGHTING SYSTEMS: Redesigned headlights in a crystalline look. As standard: full-LED technology and AFS adaptive front light system. Fog, tail and number plate lights with LED technology and crystalline appearance. Optional integrated cornering function. Brand-typical C-shaped tail lights have the appearance of homogeneous lighting surfaces.

› DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS: Range far exceeds usual compact car segment level. Examples: Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Driver Alert fatigue detection, Crew Protect Assist, Travel Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition, Manoeuvre Assist, Park Assist 3.0, Trailer Assist, Hill-Hold Control and High Beam Assist.

› INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS: Four hardware components: Swing (as standard) and Bolero music systems, Amundsen and Columbus navigation infotainment systems. Special welcome screen for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245. Capacitive touch displays respond to the lightest of touches. Displays of Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus infotainment systems in new glass design.

› ŠKODA CONNECT: Mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect perfectly complement the infotainment offering. They take navigation, information, entertainment and assistance to a new dimension. Occupants can be ‘always online’ using the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, and the system offers real-time online navigation with alternative route suggestions. Care Connect with an automatic Emergency Call is activated when a restraint system has been deployed. A Breakdown Call can be made at the press of a button. Navigation destinations can be transferred to the vehicle online. A list of petrol stations (including fuel prices) along the route can be displayed. Other services, such as the Parking Spaces, News, and Weather services, provide tailored information. ŠKODA Connect app checks remotely if the windows and doors are closed.

› ‘SIMPLY CLEVER’: Examples of practical solutions: bottle holder in the centre console for one-handed opening of PET bottles, heated steering wheel, two USB ports in the rear, personalisable key, Phonebox in the centre console for inductive phone charging. Exclusively for the Estate model: removable LED torch in the boot, adjustable false boot floor, multifunctional shelf under the boot cover, boot barrier net, four bag hooks in the boot, two boot lights, 12-volt socket in the boot.

› MOTORSPORT: ŠKODA’s motorsport roots reach back more than 100 years – first on two, then on four wheels: first podiums at the Rallye Monte Carlo in the 1930s; first start at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950; victory in the Eastern European Formula 3 Championship at the end of the 1960s; the ŠKODA 130 RS, the ‘Porsche of the East’, one of the most successful rally cars of the 1970s. Motorsport presence expanded after becoming part of Volkswagen Group: racing in the highest World Rally Championship category for the first time with the ŠKODA OCTAVIA WRC in 1997; the ŠKODA FABIA SUPER 2000 on the rally scene as of 2009 resulting in more than 50 national and international titles; the ŠKODA FABIA R5 as of April 2015 – first title for ŠKODA in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) in 2016, plus triumphs in South America and in the Asia‑Pacific region. Dream start to 2017: first five World Championship events won by ŠKODA FABIA R5 teams.

› ŠKODA FABIA R5: 2016 the most successful year ever in ŠKODA’s 116-year motorsport history. Winner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) due to ten victories at the WRC events. Success around the globe. Triumphs at continental championships in South America and the Asia-Pacific region. Middle East Rally Champion (MERC). Ten national titles in the most important sales markets for ŠKODA.

Most successful vehicle in ŠKODA’s motorsport history. As per FIA regulations, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 is fitted with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, a sequential 5‑speed gearbox and MacPherson suspension struts. Minimum weight of 1,230 kg. Race-ready base model of the ŠKODA FABIA R5 as per FIA regulations costs a net amount of €180,000 – besides speed and top reliability one of the numerous reasons why so many teams rely on the ŠKODA FABIA R5.

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