Skoda Oc­tavia Es­tate VRS 230

Over­ar­ch­ing VW Group strat­egy means Skoda mod­els of­ten don’t get the power they could. But there is a rem­edy

Evo - - FAST FLEET - As­ton Parrott (@As­ton­par­rott)

WHILE THE OC­TAVIA’S 227bhp is a com­mend­able amount of shove, it’s some way short of the 280bhp-plus that the hottest Volk­swa­gen Golf and SEAT Leon mod­els de­liver, yet all these cars use es­sen­tially the same 2-litre turbo en­gine. With the VRS 230 sport­ing an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial and adap­tive chas­sis con­trol, just like those more po­tent Golfs and Leons, I reckon it would cope well if given, say, 25 per cent more go.

So this month I’ve looked into some of the remap op­tions that are avail­able – the kind you might want to con­sider if you own a VRS – and it turns out the fig­ures that can be achieved for quite mod­est amounts of money are eye-widen­ing.

One of the more af­ford­able of­fer­ings is from Su­per­chips, who for £399 will in­crease the VRS 230’s peak power by 59bhp and torque by 68lb ft, tak­ing the to­tals to 286bhp and 326lb ft.

DMS Au­to­mo­tive, mean­while, takes things a lit­tle fur­ther. Its remap lifts power to 305bhp and torque from 258lb ft to 332lb ft. The price for this is £690, but it does in­clude an in­di­vid­ual map­ping ses­sion in one of the com­pany’s dyno cen­tres.

Fi­nally, there’s Revo Tech­nik, a com­pany whose wares this mag­a­zine has ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore in the form of a 371bhp Golf R ca­pa­ble of crack­ing 60mph in 3.7sec (see Driven, evo 204).

Revo of­fers up­grade pack­ages that com­prise elec­tronic changes alone or in­clude fur­ther hard­ware mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Its Stage 1 pack­age for the lat­est Oc­tavia VRS is purely elec­tronic and re­sults in a scarcely be­liev­able 319bhp (as a min­i­mum, ap­par­ently). That’s more po­tency than a Golf GTI Clubsport S.

The com­pany’s de­vel­op­ment Oc­tavia, fit­ted with a Stage 1 pack, has posted a 0-100mph sprint of 11.2 sec­onds. The cost? £599, or £7 per ex­tra horse­power.

Any of these remaps would make the Skoda a very quick car, and as some of these tuners claim, the dif­fer­ence in fuel econ­omy when driv­ing steadily should be neg­li­gi­ble if not non-ex­is­tent – some­thing that our ex­pe­ri­ence of the more pow­er­ful fac­tory ver­sions of this en­gine would con­firm.

Pretty en­tic­ing, isn’t it? Sadly, though, my hands are tied, as evo’s Oc­tavia is owned by Skoda, not us. But if any Oc­tavia own­ers out there have had an af­ter­mar­ket power hike, do get in touch at fast­ – I’d love to hear about your ex­pe­ri­ence.

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