Skoda has launched the Octavia RS in India at a price of Rs. 24.62 Lakh Ex Showrooms. Skoda had been talking about the Octavia RS right since the time they launched the facelift 2017 Octavia in July. The Octavia RS 230 as it is known comes powered with a 2.0Liter TSI turbocharged Petrol engine with 230PS of power on tap and mated to the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The Octavia RS becomes the fastest series production model in the history of Skoda in India with a top speed limited to 250kmph. The powerful engine comes matted on the innovative chassis that includes XDS + Limited -Slip Differential. The Octavia RS does a dash to 100kmph in 6.8seconds. On the outside the Octavia RS gets the special RS badging on the front and back along with AFS adaptive headlights in full LED. Fog lights, tail lights and license plates also get LED illumination. The boot gets a unique spoiler along with twin exhausts in chrome. The Octavia RS gets its body lowered by 15mm compared to the regular version
On the inside the RS gets a lat bottom steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather with paddle shifters and multi function controls. The RS gets Alcantara sports seats with integrated headrests and VRS boldly inscribed on them. Front seats come with electric adjust with memory function.
Mr. Ashutosh Dixit – Director: Sales, Service & Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India, said, “The OCTAVIA RS transforms ŠKODA’s century long motorsports legacy into the fastest ever OCTAVIA produced in India. The OCTAVIA RS 230 boasts of a unique combination of a high performance engine, sporty appearance and driving dynamics along with new technologies and connectivity. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 230 bristles with emotion and dynamism. It is being reintroduced in the market following an overwhelming response from customers and is targeted at ŠKODA loyalists.”
Food for thought – Skoda used the abbreviation RS for the first time in motorsport in 1974. In 2000, the synonym of sportiness entered the ŠKODA model range. This marked the beginning of the success story. 200,000 RS models have been sold to date – a whopping 100,000 of which are third-generation OCTAVIAs and have been sold since 2013.
Watch-out for our full road-test review of the Octavia RS soon, till then read our detailed review of the 2017 Skoda Octavia here.