Can a Superb beat a Porsche and a Ferrari?

Skoda is highlighting the performance of the range-topping Superb by pitting it against an assortment of classic supercars.

While the Superb has little in common with these classic cars, the range-topping model has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  It is connected to a DSG transmission and standard all-wheel drive system which enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Those numbers don't sound terribly impressive but Skoda points out the Superb is faster than an assortment of classic exotic cars which "have festooned bedroom walls" for decades. 

To demonstrate this fact, the company pitted a Superb Estate against a handful of iconic models including the Acura / Honda NSX, Lotus Esprit, Ferrari 308 GTB, and Porsche 911 Carrera. The Superb easily beat the models in a short drag race despite being the "biggest and most spacious" Skoda ever created.

The Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI 280 starts at £31,445 in the United Kingdom and is available in three different trim levels.  All come nicely equipped with heated leather seats, GPS navigation, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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NO LONGER THE STUFF OF DREAMS: INTRODUCING THE ŠKODA THAT’S FASTER THAN THE SUPERCAR ICONS OF YESTERYEAR

  • Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the most powerful production ŠKODA ever
  • 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds makes it quicker than a host of classic supercars
  • Exceptional performance guaranteed thanks to standard four-wheel drive system
  • Short film produced by ŠKODA highlights remarkable performance

Milton Keynes: 07 July 2016: For generations, young car fanatics have festooned bedroom walls with pictures of the most exotic cars in the world. With their incredible acceleration figures and top speeds, the supercar icons of the 1970s, 80s and 90s were the stuff of fantasy for junior petrolheads the world over.

Fast-forward 30 years and the real-life picture has changed considerably. Thanks to the new ŠKODA Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS, the generation that grew up staring in disbelief at the 0-62mph times of cars such as the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari 308 GTB can now buy a large family car with enough power and punch to leave a raft of classic supercars in their wake. And unlike those classic supercars, this incredible performance comes with a price tag that doesn’t run into six figures.

Available now in hatch and estate forms, the new Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the most powerful production ŠKODA ever built. With a 0-62mph time of just 5.8 seconds, it is faster than a host of classic supercars that were hailed as some of the quickest machines of their generation. Among those in the shadow of the new Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS is the 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera and the 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB.

With an output of 280PS from its turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine, the new Superb isn’t just the fastest production ŠKODA – thanks to its 660-litre boot it’s also the biggest and most spacious. What’s more, it comes with a DSG transmission and four-wheel-drive as standard, meaning that its supercar-rivalling performance can be deployed in complete comfort.

To highlight the remarkable performance of the new Superb – and prove beyond doubt which is the quickest in a straight fight – ŠKODA has a short film that pitches the new Superb 2.0 TSI 280PS estate against a collection of supercar classics including the Honda NSX and Lotus Esprit.

The new Superb 2.0TSI 280PS is priced from £31,445 for the Hatch and £32,745 for the Estate. Available on SE L Executive, new SportLine and Laurin & Klement trim levels, standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Columbus satellite navigation system, electrically operated boot, leather upholstery and heated seats.