Petrolheads – rejoice! The new Skoda Octavia RS, a paragon of performance motoring from the Czech marque, is back, better than ever. Launched today at a starting price of ₹24.62 lakh (ex-showroom India), it is sure to put a smile on the faces of people who have loved the cars from the Skoda stable but had a desire for a bit more power.
Powering the Octavia RS is a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. These deliver 230 PS and 350 Nm to the front wheels, pushing the car from rest to the ton in just 6.8 seconds, and further to an electronically-limited top whack of 250 km/h.
The performance flavour is not just under the hood but also very much visible for all to see. A black radiator grille with vRS badging and a chrome surround, a bumper housing a huge three-piece air intake for increased air flow with horizontal LED foglamps at each end, a spoiler on the bootlid, and 17-inch alloys with performance tyres – it scarcely gets better to look at! Inside, you have a multifunctional flat-bottomed steering wheel, paddle shifters, black Alcantara leather/fabric combination sports seats with contrast stitching (in red!), a revised suspension setup, a wider rear track, and dynamic chassis control (DCC) as standard fitment.