Based on the new Skoda Octavia facelift, the new Octavia RS, made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The car has now been officially launched in India at a starting price of INR 24.62 lakh, ex-showroom.
2017 Skoda Octavia RS is powered by the same 2.0l petrol TFSI, but delivers 230 PS. Torque output stands at 350 Nm. Internationally, the Octavia RS is tuned to deliver 250 PS and 370 Nm. It is also available as AWD in international market. In India, only FWD is on offer.
Features on offer include – Fog lamps with RS design. Honeycomb spoiler gives solid and sporty stance. The new bumper is dynamic with RS red reflectives. Seats are designed with sport orientation. Red stitching across the steering wheel. RS logo on top of gear knob. Ambient lighting with 10 colours to choose from. Top speed electronically limited at 250 kmph.
Added power and this new tech translates into 0-100 kmph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds, and a top speed of 250 kmph. This makes Skoda Octavia RS, the fastest Octavia till date in India. To match the sporty car, Skoda designers have also made some design changes on the exterior, like the new alloys, a spoiler on the bootlid, a red strip across the rear bumper, and some sporty interiors.
It is available as a sedan as well as a wagon. In India, only the sedan variant will be launched. New Octavia RS also comes with added safety, a new 9.2 inch infotainment system which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Variable ratio steering makes it easy to manoeuvre speed at low driving speed and parking. 0-100 in 6.8 seconds putting it right there with competitors Jaguar XF that takes a time of 7 seconds, and Mercedes C Class Cabrio at 6.4 seconds, and BMW 3 Series that goes all out at 6.1 seconds.
Available at a price of Rs 2,462,542 lakhs, Skoda Octavia Rs take son competitors at the following price points. Jaguar XF at Rs 6,118,137, Mercedes C Class Cabrio at Rs 4,965,000 and BMW 3 Series at 4,340,000.