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Škoda Octavia vRS conversion now available for police fleets

The fourth-generation Škoda Octavia vRS is now available as a bespoke conversion for the police force in both hatch and estate form.

The initial Octavia conversion uses the 245hp 2.0-litre TSI engine with DSG and front-wheel drive, but more models including diesel, 4×4 and plug-in hybrid will follow

The initial conversion is based on the 2.0 TSI 245hp DSG model and provides a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds, particularly expected to appeal to rapid response teams. This will be joined by other variants in the coming months, including a manual 245hp version, a 200hp diesel with optional four-wheel drive and Škoda’s first vRS plug-in model.

Alongside performance, the converted Octavia vRS offers 360-degree visibility from the LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate, as well as a three-tone siren.

It also gets the brand’s latest technology and connectivity systems, including a 10-inch central display, Virtual Cockpit instrument panel and full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive front light system, wireless smartphone integration, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.

Police forces can also make use of claimed best-in-class storage capabilities, including 600 litres of luggage space in the hatch, rising to 640 in the estate, and the option of an electronic opening boot.

Further modifications can also be carried out by Škoda’s team of specialist converters to meet exact needs. Previous work for police forces has included the integration of ANPR cameras within the vehicle and air-conditioned dog kennels for specialist dog handling teams.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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