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So what’s different about the facelifted Skoda Octavia vRS? Somewhat predictably, very little. This is mostly a cosmetic refresh that also adds new infotainment and better active safety, with mechanical alterations kept to a bare minimum. The biggest change is probably that another ten rampant Czech (or German) horses have been liberated from the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, taking it to a not-massive 227bhp. It’s effectively the old vRS230 range-topper, with the trick VAQ LSD (from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Pack) taken out. Skoda’s saving that for the vRS245, which is also set to get the new seven-speed DSG. For now, petrol and diesel (also a 2.0-litre with 181bhp - same as the old car) Octavias get unchanged six-speed manual and DSG transmissions. All-wheel drive for diesel and DSG cars remains an option. The vRS rides 15mm lower than a standard Octavia, and like all facelift cars, its rear track is 30mm wider. How does it feel?