We recall the days when Skodas were sold for their value – not their flashy bits – now they’re over, although in the company’s case this is still true only when discussing flagship versions.
Back in the day, years ago when VW acquired the Czech automaker the cars were boring and they were budget oriented – oh how the “kids” have grown. Just take a look at the Skoda Superb Sportline with the Dragon Skin option. The Czech brand has actually sold north of one million examples last year, and no wonder they have the luxury of introducing such “flashy” versions when the third generation of the modern Superb has sold so well. It has the Sportline trim and the Dragon Skin paint exclusive to this version – and yeah, under the hood sits a 280 horsepower stable. Of course it’s not going to come in cheap – the fair Superb Sportline will start from €35,050 in Germany, but go for the 2.0 TSI with 280 horsepower, AWD and a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and the price jumps to €44,850, without any added options.
The Dragon Skin paint alone is an extra €850. But we would go for the even costlier station wagon version if money is no object due to the added practicality. Anyways, the sporty looks are supported by the engine power, with the rather large midsize model doing the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint in just 5.8 seconds and then top out at an electronically limited 155 mph (250 kph). By the way, the rumor mill is also talking about a Superb RS – so you might get even more prowess in the near future.