- Skoda Octavia RS is the performance variant of the Octavia
- First gen launch in India had different engine output
- Second gen had only suspension changes
- Since then has had different power output
- New Octavia RS will have 245 bhp
The Skoda Octavia RS is a popular variant of the Octavia sedan, and Skoda India makes sure that demand always exceeds supply, so that it remains exclusive. The new Octavia RS will be launched in India, which is the good news. The better news is that it will be the more powerful RS 245 variant. However, it will be a CBU, so it will be extremely rare as well.
The Octavia RS last sold in India had a 230 bhp, 350 Nm output from its 2.0 litre TFSI engine feeding the front wheels through a seven speed DSG automatic gearbox. Those specs don’t change for the upcoming Octavia RS, but the power output will be 245 bhp and 370 Nm. This drops the 0-100 kph time to 6.6 seconds, 0.1 seconds less than the outgoing one. Top speed remains limited to 250 kph.
Other changes to the upcoming Octavia RS are a rear track that is wider by 30 mm, meaning better grip and handling. It will also have a fully digital instrument cluster that will offer five display modes: Classic, Basic, Extended, Modern, and the Sport, which is exclusive to the RS.
The upcoming Skoda Octavia RS 245 will be a CBU, unlike the locally assembled previous RS, and as such should see the retail price spike to Rs 35 lakh, ex showroom. There is no real alternative to the Octavia RS in the Indian market, although standard variants of the Octavia compete with the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis, and Hyundai Elantra. The Octavia RS’s pricing will also catapult it into the price segment of sedans above it, along with the Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat, Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA, and Toyota Camry.