Skoda Octavia RS 245 can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 6.6 seconds; gets power from 2.0L turbo-four TSI petrol engine
Skoda has been increasing the potent RS versions of the Octavia sedan to emphasise its sporty nature recently. The Czech Republican automaker rolled out the Octavia RS or vRS with 220 horsepower initially before selling the RS 230 variant with an added ten more ponies in the international markets.
Following the arrival of the rather controversial facelift, that some may feel inspired and others may not, the engine from the above performance variants are disguised into standard RS version. The latest you are witnessing here is another iteration and the most powerful Skoda yet revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Dubbed as the Skoda Octavia RS 245, it derives power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power output of 245 metric horses. The new version brings it on par with the facelifted Golf GTI and most importantly it can churn out 30 odd horses more than the Jetta GLI found in America and 15 PS more than top-of-the-range RS.
The Octavia RS 245 is claimed to sprint from zero to 100 kmph in just 6.6 seconds (6.7 seconds for estate) and all the power is fed into the front axle through a VAQ differential and a standard six-speed manual or a new seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. It can be had in hatchback sedan and Combi wagon body configurations.
Skoda’s India arm has four new products in the pipeline for launch along with investing in dealership networks and after-sales support. The four new vehicles lined up are the all-new Kodiaq SUV, facelifted Octavia, Monte Carlo special edition of the recently launched Rapid facelift and the re-entry of vRS badge in the new Octavia.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia RS features dual split adaptive headlamp units, revised front grille bigger alloy wheels ranging between 17 and 19 inches and newly designed sporty rim pattern, larger air dams, an aggressive front bumper, etc.
It sits 15 mm closer to the ground on a 30 mm wider rear track and at the rear gets sleek boot lid spoiler, sleeker C-shaped tail lamp design and bigger exhaust tips. The aforementioned 2.0L TSI petrol could be tuned to generate 184 hp for India. Back to the RS 245, it gets an electronically limited-slip differential, LED adaptive headlamps, standard 19-inch black alloys, gloss black front grille with matching door mirror housings and exhaust pipes.
The interior features sports front seats finished in Alcantara and are heated and electronically adjustable, gloss black trim details, standard lap timer function and an eight-inch infotainment system with WiFi hotspot. Prices start in the UK at £27,595 (Rs. 22.55 lakh) for the manual hatchback variant and goes up to £28,795 (Rs. 23.53 lakh) for the estate version with deliveries beginning next month.