The highly anticipated Skoda Octavia RS is finally scheduled to go on sale in India later today. This is the second launch from the carmaker in the past few weeks after the Rapid Monte Carlo, but the RS badge brings a whole new breed of power to the country. It is the first “affordable” performance sedan of sorts go on sale in India and does not have any direct competition at present in the same price or power bracket.
The new Skoda Octavia RS will be the most powerful Skoda car to be launched in India and will draw power from a 2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 230 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The performance bred version is based on the facelifted Octavia that was launched recently and carries over the cosmetic updates. However, Skoda has spruced the RS version with upgrades to distinguish the model from the standard version.
The Skoda Octavia RS gets a black radiator grille with the vRS badging and chrome surrounds, while the quad-LED headlamp setup has been carried over. The performance sedan also gets a new bumper that houses a massive three-piece air intake with horizontal LED foglamps on either end. The car will get a new set of sporty alloy wheels, blackened B-pillar, and LED tail lights.
In addition, the Octavia RS also gets a revised suspension setup and a wider track at the rear. The dynamic chassis control or the DCC is a standard fitment and this gives the car better handling prowess. Bookings for the new Skoda Octavia RS are already open at the company’s dealerships for a token Rs. 50,000, while prices are expected to be under Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new Skoda Octavia RS is also loaded with convenience and safety features, which includes electronically adjustable seats, sunroof, rear AC vents, ABS with EBD and multiple airbags. Skoda’s latest product in India has been designed and developed purely for performance car enthusiasts in the country who would like that extra bit of performance in everyday driving.