Skoda has taken the wraps off its most powerful Octavia model yet, with the 2017 Octavia RS. It boasts a more powerful petrol engine and a TDI option with all-wheel drive.
Just a few weeks after Skoda debuted the facelifted Octavia, it has added the flagship model, available in both sedan and wagon variants. Skoda says thanks to a 7kW boost in power, the 2017 Octavia RS is “the fastest production model in the history of the Skoda Octavia.”
The 2.0-litre TDI diesel variant’s power remains unchanged, producing 135kW, and 380Nm from just 1750rpm, completing the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 232km/h. The petrol variant on the other hand has had a power tweak, now producing 169kW/350Nm. The Octavia RS petrol runs the 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. Both models send power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a DSG transmission also available as an optional extra. The TDI version is also available with optional all-wheel drive.
In respect to fuel economy, the diesel variant’s combined cycle is rated at 4.5L/100km, with the petrol variant sipping 6.5L/100km.
Skoda has lowered the sports suspension by 15mm, and widened the track by 30mm over the regular Octavia in an attempt to make the RS more dynamic. As standard, you’ll get red brake calipers, 17-inch alloys, progressive steering and programmable ESC with dynamic chassis control and performance mode select. Optional extras include the choice of 18- or 19-inch alloys, and a performance sound generator that beefs up the exhaust note (artificially, may we add).
In terms of the styling, the Octavia RS receives the same facelifted front, side and rear profile tweaks as the regular new Octavia, as well as some special RS-only design features, like a wider front grille, a black rear diffuser and redesigned bumpers, as well as adaptive LED headlights and a subtle rear spoiler.
Inside, Skoda has thrown in RS seats lined with a mix of leather and fabric, as well as the option for Alcantara upholstery. There’s also aluminum pedals, a multi-function sports steering wheel and ambient cabin lighting on the door handles. Skoda has also updated the Octavia’s infotainment system, featuring a 9.2-inch display with capacitive touch function, as well as adding Skoda connect with both WLAN and LTE connectivity.
There’s no word on pricing just yet, or just when we’ll see the Octavia RS hit the road in Australia, but when we find out, we’ll keep you informed.