Friday, 30 December 2016


Skoda unveiled the facelifted Octavia few months back. The Czech automaker has now disclosed its high performance kin - the Octavia RS. It has a revised front-end that is same to the facelifted Octavia, and is equipped with 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines. The Octavia RS is accessible in two body lines- Sedan and estate.

The petrol model is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI engine that is rated at 227bhp and delivers a peak torque of 350Nm. This translates to a 9bhp bump in power, as compared to the earlier model. It is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a 6-speed DSG is offered as an option, both of them delivering power to the front wheels. Skoda claims that the new Octavia RS petrol can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 250 km/h. The diesel model gets the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from the pre-facelift variant, which delivers 181bhp and 380Nm of torque. The diesel RS is available with a front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive setup; the former available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG, while the latter only gets the 6-speed DSG.

Skoda claims a 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds for the Octavia RS diesel, while its top speed is rated at 232 km/h. The car shares most of the design cues with the new facelifted Octavia, including the characteristic split-headlights. Major changes include a new front bumper with wider air dams, redesigned front grille, a new black diffuser element on the rear bumper and standard LED taillights. The interiors feature an all-black theme, with RS-Sport seats, a multi-function sports steering and standard ambient lighting. The new Octavia RS additionally accompanies numerous driver help innovations like Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. Another Crew Protect Assist highlight is likewise being offered which closes windows and sunroofs in the event of an unavoidable mischance. It likewise fixes driver and traveler safety belts to minimize tenant wounds, and works with the Front Assist framework to evade the crash utilizing city crisis stopping mechanism.

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