Precisely four months after the introduction of the Octavia RS iV plug-in hybrid, Skoda now unveils the versions with conventional power supply. Naturally, the petrol and diesel derivatives are practically identical to the electrified model, with the obvious removal of the “iV” badge and the cap for the load port on the front wing.
Essentially reflecting the Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD, the Octavia RS in non-iV form can be fitted with a 2.0-liter TSI engine developing 245 horsepower (180 kilowatts) and 370 Newton-meter (273 lb-ft) of torque . Available exclusively as front-wheel drive, the petrol version can be offered with a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed DSG gearbox. In terms of performance, the 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) takes 6.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km / h).
If you prefer to buy diesel, the 2.0 TDI develops 200 hp (147 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), making it the most powerful Octavia with TDI engine ever built. It comes standard with an FWD configuration, but customers can spend more on an AWD configuration that allows a sprint in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph (243 km / h). Keep in mind that you can’t get diesel with three pedals because Skoda will sell the Octavia RS TDI exclusively with the DSG.
All the flavors of the RS are fitted with progressive steering and a sport suspension offering a rear multi-link configuration, with petrol and diesel models offering a driving height of -15 millimeters (-0.6 inches). At an additional cost, an optional electronically adaptable suspension (Dynamic Chassis Control) will be available. In the case of the TSI variant, a limited slip differential is delivered with a wet multi-plate clutch.
Located at the top of the food chain, the RS models are generously equipped with the digital dashboard and the larger version of the infotainment system. In addition, they also receive a standard central airbag (a first for Skoda), specific 18 and 19 inch wheels, exclusive LED fog lights and black exterior accents.
The more aggressive bumpers, the two exhaust tips and the rear spoiler are also a RS affair only, as well as Alcantara surfaces and faux carbon fiber accents inside where the wrap-around seats can be improved to include a massage function. The driver screen and infotainment each come with RS-specific graphics to further separate the performance versions from their lower siblings.
After introducing the RS, Scout and G-Tec versions, the only missing member of the Octavia range is the high-end Laurin & Klement that we expect later in the car’s life cycle.