The Škoda Octavia vRS has recently been awarded Class One status in the Metropolitan Police brake test. The Class One status, combined with excellent performance and handling results, allows this high performance Škoda to be used for all police duties, including rapid response, surveillance and general purpose.
The Octavia vRS was tested as part of a Metropolitan Police Transport Services’ vehicle evaluation process, and was initiated due to the success of other Škoda vehicles already operated by various police forces around the country, including the Fabia 1.9 TDI hatch and the Octavia 4x4 Estate.
The brake test result is determined by a number of factors, including: pad material wear; the general condition of pad and surrounding areas; brake pedal feel; disc temperature together with heat dissipation and pedal recovery.
Emergency services, such as the Cambridge Constabulary, Northampton Fire Service and the Cumbria Police, have so far ordered a total of 305 Škodas, including 42 Octavia vRS models.
Sergeant Steve Lambert of Cumbria Police Mobile Support Group commented, "I can honestly say the Octavia vRS was the first vehicle we have ever tested where every appraisal form was positive. We are delighted by the success of the Octavia vRS in our vehicle evaluation, but not surprised. Škoda vehicles are already well accepted within police forces around the country because of their excellent combination of performance, reliability and value for money. The Octavia vRS, in particular, offers levels of performance normally attributed to vehicles which are much more expensive."Published 19 July 2002