280 PS: that was the end of the line for the third generation of the Skoda Superb, which was soon to be discontinued. Under the bonnet was a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine unless you do it yourself like these gentlemen from the Netherlands.

This Superb Estate hides an Audi secret under its bonnet. While Skoda sold the car exclusively with four-cylinder engines, this green model has five cylinders. To be more precise, it's a 2.5.litre TFSI unit from an Audi RS 3. The Ingolstadt engine produces around 400 PS in standard form, which is a whopping 120 PS more than the most powerful Superb that Skoda offered in this generation.

The in-line five-cylinder engine was boosted to a massive 720 PS and 830 Nm of torque, turning the otherwise staid mid-range car into an absolute rocket. The otherwise rather inconspicuous conversion was driven to 62 mph in just 3.32 seconds on an unrestricted section of the German motorway.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, it completed the sprint from 100 to 200 km/h (62 to 124 mph) in 6.06 seconds and managed the sprint from 0 to 124 km/h (77 mph) in just 9.38 seconds. It needed 10.77 seconds for the quarter mile. From a standing start, it almost reached the magic 300 km/h (186 mph) mark. You can see that the speedometer simply gave up after 260 km/h (162 mph) and refused to go any further.

When emissions regulations were not yet so strict, Skoda also sold the Superb with more than four cylinders. The first generation model since the takeover by the Volkswagen Group had V6 petrol and diesel engines, while its successor had a 3.6-litre VR6. The original Superb, which was offered in the 1930s and 1940s, had a large 4.0-litre V8 as well as a range of straight-six engines.

In 2024, the recently launched new Superb is always a four-cylinder, with 265 PS as the most powerful model. Unfortunately, Skoda has never offered a high-performance RS version, but this Dutchman has built one himself by transplanting an RS 3 engine.

The Skoda Superb III is a perfect all-rounder because it's fast, practical, spacious and has a decent tech spec without shoving huge screens in your face. The styling won't set your pulse racing, but in an age of over-designed cars, the typically understated Skodas are considered stylish by some people, myself included.