Fully loaded hot hatch comes with 241 bhp petrol engine and limited-slip diff.

Skoda has created a new special edition of its go-faster Octavia - the vRS - called the Challenge.

Powered by a 2-litre petrol engine producing 241 bhp, the model is available in both hatchback and estate guises, offering customers design and equipment upgrades over the standard car.

Performance varies slightly depending on the bodystyle, but the hatchback will manage 0-62 mph in a little over 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, regardless of whether you choose the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The estate is marginally slower, but its 6.7-second 0-62 mph time is only a moderate penalty for choosing the more practical load bay.

But whichever you opt for, those respectable figures come at a price. The Challenge costs £30,085 in its cheapest hatchback guise, while estate models fitted with the automatic transmission come in at £32,365 before you so much as glance at the options list.

2019 Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge

Included in that price, though, is a range of subtle touches that set the Challenge apart from the standard Octavia vRS.

At the back, there’s a sports exhaust with black trim, while black also adorns the door mirror caps and the 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Challenge gets sculpted sports seats with electric power adjustment and heating for the driver and front-seat passenger, while the dashboard features a colour trip computer with a lap timer and push-button keyless start.

2019 Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge

And the Challenge has some less obvious options ticked, too. The Dynamic Chassis Control system is a standard feature, using electrically adjustable dampers to change the suspension characteristics depending on the conditions. The car can adjust the settings for each wheel to react to bumps or steering inputs.

Rear parking sensors are also included in the price tag. This, Skoda says, brings the total value of the extra equipment to £4,535, despite the Challenge only commanding a £2,460 premium over the equivalent standard vRS.

Skoda Octavia vRS 245

All this comes over and above the standard Octavia vRS specification, which includes satellite navigation, full LED headlights and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The vRS also provides a clever differential that can distribute the power between the front wheels. Originally developed for motorsport, the system can send up to 100 percent of the engine’s power to just one wheel if necessary. Normally, though, it chooses how best to split the power between the two front wheels depending on which has the most traction.

The new Octavia vRS Challenge is on sale now, with prices starting from £30,085 for the hatchback and £31,285 for the estate.

Gallery: Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge special edition