The new Skoda Laura VRS was slated to be launched on 31st August. However, excessive rains in Mumbai seem to have pushed the launch into September – reports a dealer. With the new VRS badge, Skoda would try to incentivize the sales of the petrol version, as escalating gas prices have hit the petrol model sales for all carmakers. The VRS version will not have any more performance than the standard Laura 1.TSI, but would feature a variety of cosmetic and feature-related upgrade.
A member from the team-bhp forum has managed to get his hands behind the wheel of the car. From what emerges from the drive, our anticipation that the VRS will only be a better embellished product with no changes made to the underpinnings gets substantiated.
Here’s the list of changes, to be expected on the new Laura VRS, over the standard 1.8 TSI version of the car.
1. Engine remains unaltered. The 1.8-liter TSI gasoline engine produces 160PS of power at 4500–6200 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque between 1500-4500 rpm
2. New front bumper with sportier, angular styling.
3. Big central air dam with redesigned fog lamps. LED lamps above fogs
4. VRS badging on the radiator grille.
5. New 16 inch alloys with 10 spoke design
6. Leather, three spoke VRS steering wheel, but without any mounted controls
7. 6 speed manual gearshifter. No DSG
8. New spoiler added to the rear bootlid
9. Parking sensors
10. Sporty seats with heavy bolstering. VRS badging on the backrest
11. Electric sunroof
12. Xenon headlamps with washers
13. Interiors are done in black for a sporty feel. Focus not on elegance, but sporty character
14. AC reported to be manual. Should have had automatic climate control
While nothing official has come towards Skoda about the pricing, we would think of 14.5 lakh ex-showroom as a good figure. Here are some pictures of the car, as taken by the members at Team-bhp