Skoda Reveals Facelifted Octavia RS
Skoda Reveals Facelifted Octavia RS

Skoda Reveals Facelifted Octavia RS


The flagship of Skoda's facelifted Octavia range has been revealed in sedan and wagon guise with the petrol and diesel-powered RS models launching in Australia just a month after the initial wave in July 2017.

Turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI petrol versions will receive a modest 7kW bump in power to 169kW and will have 350Nm of peak torque on tap between 1500 and 4600rpm, whereas the diesel-powered Octavia RS will make use of the same 135kW/380Nm from the carryover 2.0-litre TDI turbo four.

The new petrol-powered Octavia RS now matches the special edition Octavia RS230 brought to Australian showrooms last month, both of which feature a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 6.7 seconds – a tenth of a second quicker than the outgoing model – with top speed limited to 250km/h.

Although still too far away to confirm local specification, the new Octavia RS is expected to arrive with a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch gearbox feeding power to the front wheels.

The RS will also benefit from Octavia-wide safety and technology updates.

Pricing is also unlikely to deviate much from the current RS range, which kicks off at $37,890 before on-roads for the 162TSI RS sedan and $41,290 for the 135TDI RS four-door, while petrol and diesel RS wagons cost $39,590 and $42,990 respectively.

The facelifted Octavia RS is denoted by a new front fascia with a horizontal grille, segmented LED 'crystaliline' headlights and larger air intakes. The rear features a new black-finished diffuser and spoiler, as well as prominent C-shaped LED tail-lights.

Sitting 15mm lower than its predecessor with a 30mm wider rear track on 18-inch wheels, the new Octavia RS is also promising improvements in the handling department.

Inside, the sportiest Octavia is adorned with RS-sports seats finished in leather and fabric (Alcantara upholstery is an option), a perforated leather steering wheel with paddle shifters in automatic versions, RS door sills, aluminium pedals and door handle lighting.

The RS will also benefit from Octavia-wide safety and technology updates including real-time traffic and weather updates, Google Street View and Earth functionality, radar-guided blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and automatically calling emergency services in the event of a collision.

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