New Skoda Octavia vRS hits UK showrooms this autumn with plug-in hybrid option for the first time

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The new Skoda Octavia vRS has been revealed and it’ll be available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid. 

The latest performance model from Skoda, now in its fourth-generation, will go on sale in this UK this autumn.

It will be available in either estate or hatchback, powered by either a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid.

The new hybrid version pairs a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine to an electric motor for a combined output of 242bhp and 400Nm.

This will match the power output of the petrol but exceeds its torque figure. Its performance times are slightly slower, however, with Skoda claiming a 0-60mph of seven seconds and a top speed of 139mph.

It should also be able to cover up to 37 miles on electric power alone, too.

The petrol, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, is capable of 242bhp and 370Nm of torque, with a seven-speed gearbox sending power to the front wheels.

Skoda claims this will enable the vRS to go from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 155mph.

The diesel, meanwhile, is a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit with 197bhp, while there’s the option of either front- or four-wheel-drive. However, it too utilises a seven-speed automatic gearbox like its petrol-powered stablemate.

Prices for the new Octavia vRS are expected to be released closer to the car’s on-sale date this autumn.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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