The vRS features a more powerful version of the PHEV powertrain available in the regular Octavia – increasing the power from 204bhp to 242bhp. The setup combines a 1.4-litre petrol unit with a 13kWh battery and electric motor – allowing for a 37-mile electric range and low running costs, though full efficiency figures are yet to be announced.
In terms of performance, Skoda claims the Octavia vRS iV (that’s the name given to all hybrid and electric models from the firm) can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, and reach a claimed top speed of 140mph.
To separate the vRS from the regular Octavia, the model features a sportier bodykit – including a gloss black styling kit, a rear spoiler, and 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
As for the interior, it can feature optional Alcantara and leather sports seats, as well as vRS logos and contrast stitching. Aluminium pedals and a leather sports steering wheel also feature.
The new Octavia features the same hybrid setup that you’ll find in a handful of other new Volkswagen Group hot hatches – including the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Cupra Leon. With both of those two cars also coming with conventional engines, it’s likely the Skoda will feature those in due course, too.See available Octavia deals
The new Octavia vRS will continue to be offered in both hatchback and estate form, with sales set to kick off later in the year once the regular all-new Octavia arrives in showrooms.