Skoda Octavia vRS to get diesel power

* Skoda plans a hot diesel Octavia * Will appear at Goodwood later this year * Four-wheel-drive version also considered...

Skoda Octavia vRS to get diesel power

Skoda 'will do a diesel version of the vRS,' according to Skoda head Dr Winfried Vahland.

The hot Octavia will make its public debut at Goodwood motor show in July, and will be available as an estate and saloon.

Although the vRS will be front-wheel-drive only from launch, Vahland confessed that he was 'thinking about a four-wheel-drive model. Maybe well do a special edition, but nothings confirmed'.

Expect the Octavia vRS to get a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out more than 200bhp. It will do more than 155mph according to Vahland, while the 2.0 turbodiesel will produce a more modest 175bhp.

By Victoria Parrott