This is an official Skoda advertisement so don’t expect the Superb, especially in its flagship 280 hp version, to actually lose against a Porsche and a Ferrari in this quirky acceleration test.
The Czech automaker is keeping itself busy – presenting the camouflaged Kodiaq – as well as organizing a race between the range-topping Superb variant and a range of classic supercars. There’s actually nothing in common between the Superb and those aforementioned automotive jewels, since the Czech model uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine packing 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox and power is directed to all four wheels – and that will suffice to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds before topping out at an electronically governed maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
These numbers are actually pretty common these days, but Skoda reckons the Superb is nevertheless quicker than a plethora of classic supercars that “have festooned bedroom walls” for decades. These famous models include the Acura / Honda NSX, Lotus Esprit, Ferrari 308 GTB, and Porsche 911 Carrera. While being the “biggest and most spacious” Skoda ever, the Superb had its way with all of them in a short drag race. We for example would give up that Superb in a heartbeat for any of these classics – though the £31,445 Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI 280 might actually not be enough to do the trick.