Skoda Octavia Accomplishes Bonneville Mission

August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

As you may know, Skoda set themselves a goal to brake the 200mph barrier at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Nevada. They did it, and then some!

The 500 bhp ‘salt spec’ challenger – built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic vRS performance flagship badge – pushed its way through the 200 mph barrier, four days ahead of schedule.  In doing so the car, dubbed the ‘vRS Bonneville Special’, has become the fastest ŠKODA ever. The Octavia vRS achieved an impressive 195.69 mph on its first run of the day.  On the car’s sixth official outing at Bonneville Speed Week (13-20), the Octavia vRS propelled itself to an impressive 202.15 mph.

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The car is a factory-fresh production Octavia vRS, with some changes made to improve aerodynamics and performance. That includes lowering the ride height to run almost 80mm closer to the ground and a new sub-frame which houses a race prepared intercooler. Its turbo 2.0 liter four-banger makes over 500 BHP, and producing 30+ PSI of boost pressure.

The new target for the team is to close the gap on the 2.0-litre production car record which stands at 216 mph.