Dream of a ’76 Fer­rari? This is faster

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

FOR gen­er­a­tions, young car fa­nat­ics have fes­tooned bed­room walls with pic­tures of the most ex­otic cars in the world. With their in­cred­i­ble ac­cel­er­a­tion fig­ures and top speeds, the su­per­car icons of the 1970s, 80s and 90s were the stuff of fan­tasy for ju­nior petrol­heads the world over.

Fast-for­ward 30 years and the real-life pic­ture has changed con­sid­er­ably. Thanks to the new Škoda Su­perb 2.0 TSI 280PS, the gen­er­a­tion that grew up star­ing in dis­be­lief at the 0-62mph times of cars such as the Lam­borgh­ini Coun­tach and Fer­rari 308 GTB can now buy a large fam­ily car with enough power and punch to leave a raft of clas­sic su­per­cars in their wake.

And un­like those clas­sic su­per­cars, this in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance comes with a price tag that doesn’t run into six fig­ures.

Avail­able now in hatch and es­tate forms, the new Su­perb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion ŠKODA ever built. With a 0-62mph time of just 5.8 sec­onds, it is faster than a host of clas­sic su­per­cars that were hailed as some of the quick­est ma­chines of their gen­er­a­tion. Among those in the shadow of the new Su­perb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the 1987 Porsche 911 Car­rera and the 1976 Fer­rari 308 GTB.

With an out­put of 280PS from its tur­bocharged, four-cylin­der petrol en­gine, the new Su­perb isn’t just the fastest pro­duc­tion Škoda – thanks to its 660-litre boot it’s also the big­gest and most spa­cious.

What’s more, it comes with a DSG trans­mis­sion and four-wheel-drive as stan­dard, mean­ing that its su­per­car-ri­valling per­for­mance can be de­ployed in com­plete com­fort.

To high­light the re­mark­able per­for­mance of the new Su­perb – and prove be­yond doubt which is the quick­est in a straight fight – Škoda has a short film that pitches the new Su­perb 2.0 TSI 280PS es­tate against a col­lec­tion of su­per­car clas­sics in­clud­ing the Honda NSX and Lo­tus Esprit.

The new Su­perb 2.0TSI 280PS is priced from £31,445 for the hatch and £32,745 for the es­tate.

Avail­able on SE L Ex­ec­u­tive, new SportLine and Lau­rin & Kle­ment trim lev­els, stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes 18-inch al­loy wheels, Colum­bus satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, elec­tri­cally op­er­ated boot, leather up­hol­stery and heated seats.

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