Skoda has undoubtedly been one of the high rated automakers to have come up with high-performance cars in India. It is well-known for producing powerful vehicles loaded with latest features according to the market. Recently, the Dutch automaker launched the all-new Octavia RS, which is the most powerful car from the Skoda in the Indian market till date.
Skoda used the acronym RS for the first time in 1974. Later, it was also included in 2000 lineup.
Skoda, recently, also introduced the Rapid Monte Carlo and facelifted Octavia in India, and is looking forward to launch the new SUV Kodiaq. However, the newly introduced performance-oriented sedan, the Octavia RS is the most exciting product from the automaker. With a large 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine under the hood, the Octavia RS manages to attain a speed of 100 kmph in mere 6.8 seconds with a peak speed of 250 kmph. This makes it the most powerful and fastest car to be introduced by the Skoda Auto in India.
The new Skoda Octavia RS is a unique combination of a high-performance engine, sporty aesthetics and improved driving dynamics with advanced technologies to offer an ultimate driving experience. So, here we will discuss the unique features and driving dynamics, which keeps the high-performance Sedan above others.
Design and styling
The Skoda Octavia RS boasts of its newly styled exterior and premium look. The car features an aggressive looking front fascia with a glossy black radiator grille outlined by chrome and the redesigned LED headlamps cluster in a crystalline structure. It also features a DRLs (daytime running LEDs) and the AFS adaptive front light system as common elements.
The front of the car looks impressive with a sculpted bumper featuring three broad honeycomb air inlets. The fog lamps and number plate illumination also feature LED technology. The side profile looks similar to the Skoda’s other models, while the rear end offers a large bumper with a black diffuser and tail lamps feature LED lights. The radiator grille and the tailgate sport ‘RS’ logo. The car sports the 17-inch ‘Hawk Anthracite’ alloy wheels, whereas, option for the 18-inch or the 19-inch wheels is also available. Moreover, the manufacturer offers the car in four different shades, which are Candy White, Steel Grey, Race Blue and Corrida Red.
What lies within?
The new model looks sporty inside with a predominantly black interior and high-quality material. The LED technology used to lighten the interior offers an overwhelming ambience inside the car. It comes with a 3-spoke steering wheel featuring Bluetooth for voice commands. The seats are wrapped in Alcantara leather, which adds to the sportiness inside. The car offers a spacious cabin with comfortable legroom and headroom for the occupants. The dashboard features a 9.2-inch infotainment system equipped with advanced technologies to assist simpler driving experience. As far as the safety features are concerned, the car offers Crew Protect Assist, Blind Spot Detector, Rear Traffic Alert, airbags, ABS and reverse parking camera.
Sports chassis and limited-slip differential
The India-bound model features a sports chassis, which lowers the body of the car by 15 mm and provides it with a sleeker look for heavy-duty performance. Before the Octavia RS, no previous model with the Octavia nameplate featured the sports chassis. The DSG (direct-shift gearbox) offers a Sports mode and also includes electronically regulated XDS and the limited-slip differential. The system transmits more torque to the outer wheels by braking the inner wheels at corners for better cornering. The Dynamic Chassis Control system offers three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Comfort. During high-speed driving, the variable ratio steering enables a sportier control, which changes to the comfort control at the time of parking the car.
Powerful engine mechanism
Under the hood, Skoda has offered a powerful engine mechanism which makes the car a high-performance machine. Mechanically, the car is equipped with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine, which produces a maximum power output of 230 bhp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. This high power output is transmitted to the front wheels by the DSG automatic gearbox to generate the peak speed of 250 kmph, which makes it the fastest car from the Skoda’s portfolio. It offers a fuel-efficiency of 14.45 kmpl.
Made for speed lovers
The principle of Skoda has always been one price for a country and for India the price of its latest product Octavia RS is Rs. 24.62 lakh (ex-showroom). The new front profile, attractive rear design and sporty interior provideit with a distinct and dynamic character. Moreover, being a high-performance sedan with a powerful engine mechanism inside makes it an exciting product. If you are a speed lover, the car can be a great choice for you.