THE latest versions of Skoda's Octavia vRS will hit showrooms before the end of the year and dealers will start taking orders before the end of October for the first batch of hatchbacks and estates priced at Â£31,495 and Â£32,695 respectively.
The launch models are fitted with the familiar VW Group 245PS, two-litre TSI power unit driving the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG auto transmission.
But there's more to come - the launch model is the first of a range of Octavia vRS variants which are set to arrive over the coming months. These will include a manual version of the two-litre 245PS model, a two-litre 200PS diesel DSG auto with the option of four-wheel drive and the brand's first electrified vRS model - the 245PS Octavia vRS iV DSG hybrid.
Both hatch and estate models feature unique front and rear bumper designs and a host of black details including the double-slat radiator grille, lower air diffuser and the distinctive air curtains above the front fog lights.
The door mirror housings and window frames are also finished in gloss black, while the estate model is finished with black roof bars as standard. At the rear, the hatch model adds gloss black aero flaps, a diffuser and a subtle bootlid spoiler, while both models come with chrome exhaust tailpipes and bespoke vRS badging as standard.
Inside, the new vRS has a new multifunction three-spoke leather steering wheel is equipped with DSG paddles, heated front sports seats with integrated headrests, LED ambient lighting and aluminium pedals.
Skoda's acclaimed Virtual Cockpit instrument panel is fitted as standard and offers an additional Sport layout. The infotainment system features a large 10-inch touchscreen display while other technologies fitted as standard include full LED Matrix adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.