The New Škoda Octavia vRS 245
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 15:20
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.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 features the new face of the brand with particularly sporty details. The radiator grille’s vertical slats as well as its frame both come in a gloss-black finish. The bumper is designed with a particularly bold horizontal line, has broad honeycomb air inlets and contributes to the car’s wide and sculptured impression. The redesigned headlight clusters in a crystalline look feature full-LED technology and the AFS adaptive front light system as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology as well as a crystalline appearance.
The housings of the electrically adjustable wing mirrors, featuring a memory function and puddle lights – which illuminate the surrounding area when getting in and out of the car – are presented in a sporty black finish. The radiator grille and the tailgate both sport the RS logo featuring a gloss-black ‘V’ (for victory). Features such as the spoiler at the rear of the hatchback or roof spoiler on the Estate are further elements of the car’s emotive and dynamic design. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 can also be recognised as a high-performance car acoustically thanks to the sound of its exhaust system. In keeping with the rest of the exterior, the trapezoid tailpipe trims are painted in gloss black.
With the ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245, the roofline gently slopes towards the rear and elegantly merges with the D-pillar. The finishing touches are provided by a spoiler lip (for the hatchback) and a roof spoiler (for the Estate). The rear light clusters create the impression of being embedded while LEDs fulfil almost all of the lighting functions. The brand-typical C-shaped tail lights have the appearance of homogeneous lighting surfaces. Contours incorporated into the lights ensure better aerodynamics, leading to a drag coefficient of 0.303 for the hatchback and 0.319 for the Estate.
Both the hatchback and the Estate are 4,689 mm long. The vehicles are 1,814 mm wide, and the hatchback’s height is 1.448 mm, the Estate’s height is 1.452 mm. At 2,680 mm, the wheelbase is unusually long for this vehicle segment. From these outer dimensions, ŠKODA engineers have created an interior that far exceeds the dimensions usually found in this segment and thereby provided a large amount of space.
These generous dimensions make the vRS 245 models genuine family cars. The width of the loading floor – 1,010 mm in both the hatchback and the Estate – makes it easier to transport especially bulky items. The hatchback’s boot is also particularly generously sized: 590 l (1,580 l with the rear seats folded down). In the Estate, it is as high as 610 l (1,740 l with the rear seats folded down). Figures which even vehicles from higher segments rarely reach.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 and ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245 are available in a choice of four body colours: Corrida Red, Moon White, Magic Black and Meteor Grey.
Interior with Alcantara® sport seats
The predominantly black interior of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 and ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245 impresses not only with its generous dimensions and great clarity, but also with its high-quality materials. With their high sides and integrated headrests, the Alcantara® sports seats provide maximum support in fast corners. The front seats bear the vRS logo – as do the front door sills. The driver’s seat features red or grey topstitching, is electrically adjustable, offers lumbar support and has a memory function which saves three seat positions.
The multifunction sports steering wheel with perforated leather and integrated steering wheel paddles (for DSG transmissions) matches the car’s dynamic ambience. The radio and telephone (Bluetooth) can be operated from the optionally heated steering wheel. A colour Maxi-DOT display forms part of the instrument cluster. The LED ambient lighting bathes the interior in atmospheric light that can be set to one of ten various colours.
Drive and chassis – a lot of power, low consumption
Under the bonnet of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family’s sporty top model beats a 245 PS four‑cylinder TSI petrol engine. It offers 15 PS more than the most powerful variant of the current vRS model. Maximum torque of 370 Nm is achieved between 1,600 and 4,300 rpm. There is a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or – for the first time in a ŠKODA OCTAVIA – a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission. From a standing start, the hatchback hits the 62 mph mark in 6.6 seconds, the Estate takes 6.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, making the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 the fastest and most powerful OCTAVIA ever.
Yet the average fuel consumption when combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission is just 44.1 mpg (42.8 mpg with a 6-speed manual gearbox), with CO2 emissions of 146 and 150 g/km respectively.
The acceleration is particularly impressive. In fifth gear, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 245 with a manual gearbox sprints from 37 to 62 mph in just 6.4 seconds (Estate: 6.5 seconds) and from 50 to 75 mph in only 6.6 seconds (Estate: 6.8 seconds) – a reassuring safety cushion.
Compared to the ‘normal’ models in the range, the sports chassis lowers the body of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 by 15 mm. Its rear track is 30 mm wider than that of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 230 predecessor. The standard, burnished gloss-black alloy wheels are 19 inches in diameter.
The ESC stability system with Sport mode is also part of the standard equipment, as is the driven wheels’ electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential. This provides for particularly dynamic acceleration when exiting corners. The technology, that was originally developed for motorsport, works with an electronically regulated multi-plate clutch that is located between the differential and the powered axle on the right-hand side. As and when it is needed, 100 per cent of the power can be directed to one front wheel. When cornering, the differential transfers an increased amount of engine power to the outer front wheel – i.e. to the wheel with the most grip – as required. The risk of understeer during acceleration is significantly reduced.
Performance Mode Select with the Performance Sound Generator function enables individual adjustment of drive, chassis and comfort settings. The dynamic character of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 is additionally highlighted by the car’s progressive steering and the optional adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).
Electrically operated valves adjust the dampers’ settings. The driver has access to three modes to do this: Comfort, Standard and Sport. In addition, DCC contributes to increased active safety by automatically switching to Sport mode when cornering in a particularly dynamic manner and, in doing so, ensures greater stability, better traction and shorter braking distances.
With Driving Mode Select, the driver can change the steering characteristics, the operation of the DSG transmission, and the settings of other systems in the Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual modes. The individual preferences are saved on the optionally available, personalisable keys. These also store further individual settings such as those for the Climatronic and audio systems as well as seat position, and apply them automatically.
Driver assistance systems that are otherwise only seen in higher segments
Front Assist including the City Emergency Brake function with Predictive Pedestrian Protection helps to prevent accidents in city traffic. With the help of a radar sensor, the system can recognise critical situations occurring in front of the vehicle.
In addition, the car comes with the following safety system as standard or as optional extras:
Blind Spot Detect. With this, two radar sensors at the rear monitor traffic behind the vehicle.
Blind Spot Detect also includes Rear Traffic Alert. Using the same rear radar sensors, this system makes reversing out of bay parking spaces and drives safer.
The radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) maintains the desired gap from the vehicle in front at a preset speed by automatically braking or accelerating. The radar sensor in the radiator grille works at speeds between 19 and 130 mph.
Lane Assist helps the driver to stay in lane by warning the driver via the multifunction display or gently adjusting the steering where necessary. The system assists the driver at speeds above 40 mph.
The Driver Alert fatigue detection system recognises when the driver’s concentration is waning. For this purpose, the system transfers information about steering wheel movements to the control unit. If necessary, the system prompts the driver to take a break.
If an accident is imminent, the proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist is activated: this system closes the windows and sunroof (leaving a small gap) to prevent passengers from being thrown out of an open window, prevents foreign bodies from getting into the interior of the vehicle, and tensions the seat belts for the driver and front passenger. Crew Protect Assist works in conjunction with Front Assist. In the event of an accident, the Multi-Collision Brake, which comes as standard, prevents the car from rolling any further in an uncontrolled manner. In addition, the hazard and brake lights are activated.
The camera-based Travel Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition displays speed limits and other road signs as images on the in-car computer as well as on the navigation system’s screen.
Manoeuvre Assist, which is also new, helps when driving in and out of parking spaces: it applies the vehicle’s brakes as soon as it detects an obstacle.
Park Assist 3.0 automatically steers the vehicle into parallel parking spaces and spaces perpendicular to the road. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h for the recognition of parallel parking spaces and at up to 20 km/h for bay parking spaces.
The optional Trailer Assist function prevents incidents when reversing with a trailer.
Hill-Hold Control helps the driver when performing a hill start. The system is activated on inclines of five per cent and above and allows for relaxed and safe hill starts without using the handbrake.
High Beam Assist rounds off the programme. In darkness and when the speed exceeds 37 mph, the sensor recognises vehicles ahead (at a distance of up to 400 m) as well as oncoming traffic (up to 1,000 m) and dips the beam when required.
The comprehensive package of restraint features remains unchanged in the revised model range. Five three-point seat belts working in complete harmony with up to nine airbags ensure maximum safety on board. Child seats can be secured using Isofix (as an option, also available for the front passenger seat) and top tether anchor points. Tyre pressure monitoring remains a standard feature in all model variants.
In the Euro NCAP crash test, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA achieved in 2013 the top mark of five stars for occupant safety, top values of 93 per cent for adult protection and 86 per cent with children on board.
Infotainment systems ensure protection and entertainment
Safety and entertainment is provided by the new infotainment systems. Four hardware components are available: the Swing (standard) and Bolero music systems as well as the Amundsen and Columbus navigation infotainment systems. In the ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245, they display a digital start screen. The capacitive touch displays react to the lightest of touches. The displays of the optional Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus infotainment systems with their new glass design refine the high-quality dashboard even further.
The Columbus navigation system is at the top of the range. Its 9.2-inch screen provides a resolution of 1,280 × 640 pixels. There is also a 64-GB flash memory, a DVD drive and an optional LTE module, which supplies the occupants with high-speed Internet (download at up to 150 Mbit per second).
The occupants can be ‘always online’. The Infotainment Online services are provided free of charge for the first year for the Amundsen and Columbus navigation infotainment systems. In the Amundsen system, they work via the user’s smartphone, which is paired with the system, or a data stick. In the Columbus system, they work via the user’s smartphone or an inserted customer SIM card with high-speed LTE.
ŠKODA Connect – mobile online services set benchmarks
The mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect ideally complement the infotainment offering. They take navigation, information, entertainment and assistance to a new level and are divided into two categories:
› The newly available Infotainment Online services for information and entertainment.
› Care Connect services for driver assistance and remote vehicle access.
One of the highlights of the Infotainment Online services is Online Traffic Information, which transfers traffic flow on the selected route to the car in real time and suggests alternative routes in the event of a traffic jam. The petrol station service lists petrol stations (including fuel prices) along a selected route. The Parking Spaces, News, and Weather services provide further tailored information.
The automatic Emergency Call is optional if a restraint system has been activated following an accident, the system establishes a voice and data connection to a dedicated emergency call centre.
There is also an info function and a Breakdown Call. The ‘i’ button in the roof module enables the driver to contact an expert in the customer call centre, in order to have technical questions answered, for example. In the event of a breakdown, help can be organised using the breakdown button.
When a customer activates the Proactive Service feature, their dealership contacts them when a service is due to arrange a convenient appointment. In addition, service-relevant vehicle data can be transferred to the ŠKODA garage.
Additional online services can be accessed on a smartphone using the ŠKODA Connect app. Have the lights been switched off, are the doors locked, the windows and sunroof closed? The driver can view this information remotely, at any time. The same applies to the fuel level and the resulting vehicle range. It is also possible to display the vehicle’s current parking location on a smartphone. Don’t want the car to leave a predefined area or exceed 60 mph? The Area Notification, Online Anti-Theft Alarm and Speed Notification functions inform the owner if this occurs against their wishes.
The Care Connect services are available free of charge in the first year after the purchase of a ŠKODA OCTAVIA vRS 245 or ŠKODA OCTAVIA Estate vRS 245. The Remote Access services then incur a charge whilst all other Care Connect services remain free for another 13 years. The data is transferred via a SIM card that is installed in the vehicle
ŠKODA used the abbreviation RS for the first time in motorsport in 1974. The ŠKODA 180 RS and 200 RS rally cars are considered to be the ‘original RS’ cars. The ŠKODA 130 RS is a legendary racing car, having been one of the most successful motorsport cars of its time from its category in the 1970s and 1980s. The RS initials denote ŠKODA’s successes in motorsport as well as the high performance and passion represented by the brand. In 2000, the synonym for sportiness entered the ŠKODA model range. This marked the beginning of a success story.
ŠKODA Motorsport’s roots reach as far back as 1901. In 1901, Narcis Podsedníček entered the race from Paris to Berlin for the first time with an L&K motorcycle made by ŠKODA’s founding fathers Laurin and Klement. What had begun in 1901 on two wheels, continued in the 1970s and ‘80s with a worldwide series of victories on race tracks and rally courses, finally reaching the latest pinnacle in 2016 with Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm, both from Finland, winning the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) in a ŠKODA FABIA R5. These successes are the result of ŠKODA’s consistent involvement in motorsport.
ŠKODA FABIA R5
The ŠKODA FABIA R5 is the most successful rally car in its category by a long stretch. It was officially approved (homologated) for motorsport by the FIA International Automobile Federation on 12 April 2015. In its first season, it was already recording successes all over the world, but 2016 eclipsed all previous records of success: Finns Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm took the title for the Czech manufacturer for the first time in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2). A total of 10 events in the World Championship season were won in a ŠKODA FABIA R5. In addition, ŠKODA drivers Gustavo Saba from Paraguay and Gaurav Gill from India won the continental championships in South America and the Asia-Pacific region respectively – also in a ŠKODA FABIA R5. The Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah could not be beaten to the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC). Ten national titles were added to this. 2016 was by far the most successful year in ŠKODA Motorsport’s 116-year history.
The successful team engagement was also a catalyst for ever-increasing customer interest: to date, over 130 ŠKODA FABIA R5s have been sold to privateer teams and importers around the world.
The ŠKODA brand achieved a fantastic start to the 2017 season: in the first five rallies of the World Championship, the winning team was driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5. At the end of April, ŠKODA teams were at the top in 18 international and national championships.