Spicy Octavia comes in the form of tuned petrol and diesel engines
They're still very subtle-looking cars...
That's because their base cars look very subtle, so Skoda couldn't really make the high-performance Octavias look as racy as you might wish.
Even so, the vRS aura has been accentuated with smoke-coloured alloy wheels, garish tail pipes and some red lines on the exterior.
Two body styles of the Octavia have gone vRS including the five-door liftback (saloon profile with hatch-style boot lid) and load-carrying estate.
What are the engines like?
Exactly the ones you'll find in the latest high-performance models of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback, a C-segment car like the Octavia.
The petrol engine is the 220hp 2.0-litre turbo used in the Golf GTI and the diesel motor is the 175hp 2.0-litre turbo utilised in the GTD. Both options have a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission available.
To support such performance, the vRS gets a suspension lowered by 12mm (13mm for the estate) and an electronic differential lock on the front axle to help reduce understeer on corners.
Will the Thai agent sell them?
They (European Enterprise belonging to the Yontrakit Group) could consider the Octavia vRS for the kicks _ like how they're doing with the smaller Fabia vRS which Life found to be quite a great small car to drive.
And since Skodas tend to undercut Volkswagen's model equivalents in Thailand, there's a good chance that the Octavia vRS could come at no more than 2 million baht (their power outputs can attract the lowest in excise tax).
But whether sales of the Octavia vRS will sail in the country is another matter. Despite being represented in Thailand for over a decade, Thais hardly know the Czech car arm of the mighty VW Group.
The need to import Skodas from abroad means ultra-small sales, translating into very few servicing facilities and limited funds for promotion.
Load-lugging Octavia also gets vRS treatment.
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