Skoda Octavia vRS Preview Skoda recently launched the Octavia sedan for the Indian market and it has been doing pretty good numbers for the German-owned Czech automaker thanks to its extensive feature list and engine options. However, in the tradition of the Octavia/Laura for the Indian market, Skoda is expected to bring to the Indian market (next year) a high performance version of the D-Segment sedan called the Octavia vRS. The car was unveiled at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed and finally launched at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Exterior The Skoda Octavia vRS features the same overall design as the standard car but with much sportier overtones. It gets black headlights, sporty bumper with a mesh grille and a different design for the fog lamps. The Skoda moustache grille seems to flow into the front of the car and adds to the overall sporty appearance. On the sides, the Octavia vRS has a similar profile to the standard car but gets sportier alloy wheels and consequently bigger tyres. The rear profile includes dual quad-shaped exhausts and a small rear wing that has been fitted to the boot door. Interiors The vRS gets all the features of the standard car in addition to sports-style bucket seats, a three-spoke steering wheel and ambient lighting. Dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system also come as standard in the vRS. We also expect features like paddle shifters, traction control and ESP to be standard on this car. Engine options The vRS version for Europe is powered by two engine options; petrol and a diesel. The petrol motor is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 220bhp power hitting 100kph in 6.8 seconds. The diesel engine is also a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit that develops 184bhp power and 380Nm torque aiding a 100kmph drag time in 8.1 seconds. The UK spec Octavia is also offered with the 1.2-litre TSI and seven-speed DSG box found in the Polo. It is likely that for the first time that such an engine option may be offered here too. Both these engines are sourced from VW, who use it to power the performance variants of the Jetta and the Golf. We also expect that Skoda has tuned the suspension and directed the handling to focus on the sportier side . Price and when can we expect the car in India The Skoda Octavia vRS is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 21 lakh and will be unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. We can expect a launch in India a few months after the unveiling. --- Double Post Merged, Nov 26, 2014, Original Post Date: Nov 26, 2014 --- dear fiatians, It has been a long time i was away from teamfiat,after a long wait from fiat to bring in 1.6 litre MJD left us all a bitter taste. some have already switch over to XUV 5oo,though i dont have vitamin M to aquire VRS. after seeing "enthusiastic cars of 2014" first of all Define enthusiastic? is it which car reaches the ton qualifies for enthusiastic? i have never driven a petrol car that extensively as my MJD.I can vouch not for 0 to 100 but for 100 to 0.Mjd decelerates so fast that even the cars with all four disc brakes will put into shame.in other words "sense of control" pervades at high speed.which is a lacking in free revving petrol cars. i never bother about 0 to 100 (though bothers sometimes in city)generally at highway after toll,i give way to all enthusiast which comprises of swift,vernas,innovas.i wait for them to reach their comfortable holding velocity.after which just the linea wishpast them. especially at curves enthusiast fond of center pedal,whereas MJD fond of right pedal. To me brake pedal is like a pickle,just touch don't grab.the fun in deceleration is in downshift option to play with,which is lacking in petrol cars.just before the curve downshift to 4 or 3 and accelerate at curve.the sheer torque of holding the wheels in desired manner is astonishing.accelerating at curve will send more torque to outer wheel than inner wheel.it is like torque vectoring. though these things lacks in petrol cars.MJD will cannibalize even s10 and T-jet when comes to play above 120.though these petrol cars have 0 to 100 advantage. Ramesh concurred the same view since he drives 180bhp nissan petrol,says 90bhp MJD is fun to drive than these nissan, period. petrol vs diesel 1.0 to 100 advantage vs 100 to 0 advantage (not freerevving) 2.free revving vs Torque monster 3. NVH vs sense of control unknown yelagiri bridge curve happen to break at curve,though MJD maintain the composture,yet trailing T-JET could't decelerate almost rear end. downshifting in petrol cars ---no significant change so fiatians pour in your thought,i may be wrong as well,yet these are my experience.