The Skoda Superb is a car which was originally produced between 1934 and 1949 by the Czech carmaker Skoda Auto. When this car was first manufactured, it was marketed as a luxury vehicle and the very first one form this company to offer all wheel drive as well as a V8 engine. The very first modern version of this vehicle was manufactured from 2001 to 2008 and based heavily influenced by the same platform that the Volkswagen Passat used along with sharing many mechanical similarities in is design. The second modern version of this vehicle was based on the Volkswagen Group A6 PQ46 platform and is widely regarded as the most luxurious model in this range from Skoda.
The Superb had its initial debut in 1934 and was the first car with a V8 engine to be made available by this car manufacturer. The fact that this car also had all-wheel drive was another big selling point at the time, as no other vehicle in its class had been available with this feature before. Many of the cars that Skoda came out with in the 1930s, including the Superb, were a great departure from what they had pulled off the assembly lines in the past.
One of the more unique things about the Superb is its central supporting tube which was initially split up in front to accommodate the attachment of the engine as well as the gearbox. The drive shaft inside of the tube on this vehicle powered the rear wheels. All of the wheels operated on a semi-independent suspension which included leaf springs, one of which was in the front and the other in the rear. There were also four drum brakes in the original Superb and they used a hydraulic system, whereas the rear wheels used a mechanical handbrake.
The very first engine that was used in the Superb was an in-line 6-cylinder flathead with a total of 2,492 cc. This engine used a dry clutch and was couple with a 4-speed gear box with synchronization of both the 3rd and 4th gear. The chassis on this vehicle weighed a total of 1130 kg and the entire care itself weighed in at around 1680 kg. There were some major changes made to the third and fourth generations of the Superb, including a more aerodynamic design as well as a flathead in-line six engine which was increased to 2,914 cc.
The second generation of this vehicle, which first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2008, was based on a stretched version of the A5 Octavia, which was the most recent model at the time. This Superb had a rear door with an extremely innovative design which allowed it to also act as its own saloon boot as well as a full liftback or “twin door”. The petrol engine options for this new Superb included an entry-level 92 kilowatts 123 bhp 1.4 liter inline 4-cylinder as well as a 158 bhp 1.8 liter.
The Skoda Superb earned the title of Luxury Car of the Year in 2009 from Top Gear Maazine as well as winning first place in the best cars of 2012 list. Over the years this vehicle has undergone a lot of drastic changes, even in the last couple generations. There are few other cars that have such a long and interesting history as this one, and its immense popularity continues even today with thousands of consumers excited about the next model. The contemporary Superb has quite a bit to offer in the way of performance, handling, and its overall design, both interior and exterior.