Skoda is reportedly preparing to launch a high-performance vRS version of its Superb saloon and Estate, as first reported by Auto Express. During the recent unveiling of the new Superb in Prague, Skoda's boss, Klaus Zellmer, hinted at the possibility of this new model to rival the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi's performance saloons and estates.
Despite the vRS badge's success on other Skoda models, including the Fabia, Octavia, Kodiaq, and the Enyaq SUV, the Superb has never received the vRS treatment. The previous generation was available with a potent 276bhp (206kW) turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, but it stopped short of the full vRS upgrade.
The new Superb vRS details are still under wraps, but speculations suggest it might inherit the Volkswagen Passat's most robust 268bhp (200kW) plug-in hybrid setup. The standard Superb will offer a range of petrol, diesel, and plug-in options, with the most powerful being a 201bhp (150kW) PHEV or a 262bhp (195kW) 2.0-litre petrol engine.
A key feature of the plug-in hybrid vRS will be its performance enhancement, andcomplemented by significant tax benefits dependant on where it's sold. Its large 19.7kWh battery is expected to deliver up to 100 kilometers in electric-only mode.
The interior is expected to feature sports seats, vRS branding, and colored stitching across the dashboard, doors, and seats.
Technological enhancements in the new Superb include a 13-inch touchscreen and 10-inch virtual cockpit digital dials, both receiving the vRS treatment. As a high-end model, it will come equipped with the latest safety and driver-assistance technologies.
Addressing the trend of increasing horsepower in performance vehicles, Zellmer emphasized shifting priorities towards efficiency, sustainable materials, and overall environmental responsibility.
The new Superb is set to reach its first customers by mid-next year, with the vRS variant likely arriving later, potentially in 2025. Prices are expected to start at around AU$93,000
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