David Williams - 2010 Skoda Octavia mk2 face-lift VRS tsi
When I first got this car I'll admit, I bought it with the intentions of leaving it standard until I could financially get myself back into a place to afford a newer Impreza,
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2010 Skoda Octavia mk2 face-lift VRS tsi
I'm better known as Rok, this is an old nickname. I'm from Glasgow in Scotland, my three loves in life are my beautiful wife and kids, football and of course cars, modified ones in particular. I'm a fully qualified car mechanic and MOT tester with over 16 years of experience working on cars!! I've been passionate about cars since I was a kid, I grew up obsessed with the Max Power scene, I passed my test when I was 17, the day i did I took my mum's Toyota Yaris 1.3vvti into the garage I worked in as an apprentice and immediately started modifying it. The obsession has since grown!!
Over the years I've owned some very nice cars, including an Impreza WRX, BMW X5, Audi A4 S-Line, Audi TT. I do have a major soft spot for Subarus but I appreciate any and all car modifications and builds.
My current car which I am in love with is a 2010 Skoda Octavia mk2 face-lift VRS tsi. When I first got this car I'll admit, I bought it with the intentions of leaving it standard until I could financially get myself back into a place to afford a newer Impreza, but things took a dramatic U-turn. I've worked on these VRS' before so I'm fairly familiar with them, but running a car and working on one are two completely different experiences, firstly I was blown away by the speed. I purchased the car with a stage 1 remap already done, unfortunately with no dyno printout as of yet I believe her to be running around the 250-260 mark, it may be higher but without a printout, I don't intend on being too generous.
I think the reason I fell in love with this car so quickly is because of how it reminds me of my Impreza so much but with A LOT more gadgets and accessories. I have more than enough space for the kid's car seats and a full boot for days out, but also the power and torque to hold its own, even in today's modified scene with a lot of cars running unbelievable horsepower.
I'd say the car is tastefully modified, when parked next to a standard VRS it looks massively modified, but in my honest opinion, the Octavia VRS should have left the showroom with a slightly heightened sports trim. One of the first things I did with my VRS was lower it on coilovers and space the wheels out for a very flush fitment, the car is lowered approximately 75mm and spaced 30mm on both axles, with most cars this dramatically enhances the looks and performance, but none more than the VRS, the standard arch gap doesn't represent the title of VRS in my opinion.
My favourite modification on my Octavia VRS is definitely the WRC style spoiler, the reasons for this is it looks incredible but also its such a rare modification on these models, finding a WRC spoiler for the mk2 Octavia is a very difficult task and I was lucky enough to source one after a very long search, as far as I'm aware from my connections in the Skoda scene there are only a handful of Mk2s with this spoiler fitted and definitely only two red Octavias.
Speaking of red, I am also the founder of the car club Skoda VRedS Owners Club, we're a small but very active car club. Our Facebook page is specifically for red Skoda owners only, we're soon approaching the 500 member mark, that might not seem a lot but with such a specific car genre in only one colour I am still extremely surprised at the numbers we have achieved. The club is fantastic, unbelievable members and we boast a very successful Instagram page, please come and follow us @skoda_vreds. We also have 5 incredible club sponsors including the very well known car insurance company Adrian Flux. At Skoda VRedS Owners Club we are BIG on charity, I recently completed a charity drive on behalf of our fantastic club raising over £1,500 for Young Minds charity, an unbelievable achievement for such a good cause!!
Back to my Skoda, other modifications include a CAT back exhaust system, I'd describe it as the best of both worlds depending on what you class as loud. I can comfortably sit at 70mph with my family in the car and you really only hear a slight exhaust tone, but the second you introduce the turbo it really does come to life and sound incredible, complemented with a beautiful turbo flutter via the Ramair induction kit. Another main modification is the front splitter, which takes my slammed VRS to even lower to the tarmac, in terms of speed bumps and kerbs it's fairly impractical but absolutely worth it as in my opinion it sits perfectly!!
Future plans for my VRS include a big brake conversion and potentially a stage 2 map, although I am a tad apprehensive about how far I want to push a front-wheel drive car, the boost puts a smile on my face every time so I'm definitely not in a great hurry to increase the bhp in the near future.
I take huge pride in my VRS and in my car club, I can openly admit I went through a very difficult time in my life a while back, and without the help of my family, this..... VRS and my unbelievable members of Skoda VRedS Owners Club I wouldn't be in the positive place I am now, so I just want to say thank you to those in the car scene who have helped me put a more positive outlook on my life.
Thank you for reading, any red Skoda members out there please come and join us on Facebook, you'll find us under the name Skoda VRedS Owners Club, and we welcome all car enthusiasts to follow us on Instagram @skoda_vreds
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