Two-time Le Mans winner Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck is the new ambassador of Skoda's fastest Octavia ever, the vRS 230.

Two-time Le Mans winner Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck is the new ambassador of Skoda's fastest Octavia ever, the vRS 230.

It's the first Octavia to have a 155 mph (250 km/h) electronic speed limiter and also the first Skoda to feature an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, two attributes which have convinced two-time Le Mans winner and former Formula 1 driver Hans-Joachim Stuck to team up with Skoda for a promotional clip.

Available both as a hatchback and wagon, the Octavia vRS 230 comes exclusively with a 2.0 TSI engine pushing out 230 PS (169 kW), thus making it 10 PS (7 kW) more powerful than the regular vRS. It comes as standard with a sports suspension and will cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in a respectable 6.7 seconds while remaining by far the most practical model in its class, with plenty of room inside the cabin and a huge trunk.

There are other changes which make the vRS 230 stand out from the regular version, including a retuned sports exhaust system, black body accents and 19-inch rims along with a sporty steering wheel and bespoke leather upholstery.

You can get the hotter Octavia vRS with either a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG sending the engine's power to the front axle. If you would rather have it with all-wheel drive, Skoda recently launched one but it can be had only with the 184 PS 2.0-liter turbodiesel and a DSG.

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