Skoda have launched the new Octavia RS in India (notice that the V is now missing from the nomenclature but it still bears the vRS logo on the grill). It’s not our first taste of go-faster czech sedans in India. We did have the earlier generation vRS as well as the suspension tweaked Laura vRS. But this one is based on the new Octavia, although we haven’t yet got our hands on it we have a feeling it’s going to be a firecracker.The best part is you get a 200 horsepower practical sedan that can shred it with ease on the occasional track day!
On the inside the Skoda Octavia RS gets some proper RS themed interiors with sportier looking seats all wrapped in black Alcantara leather, with sporty red stitching to boot. The best part is you still get the best parts of the standard Octavia practicality and safety. And this means you get 8-airbags, you get climate control and you get iBuzz which is Skoda’s driver weariness application that alerts the driver when he is getting weary and needs to take a break.
The RS theme continues on the very practical back of the Octavia which retains the roomy dimensions in the back. It will seat four easily, and still have some space left over. Which is one of our favourite things about the RS. It shows us the practical can still be very very fast.
Although Skoda have chosen to skip out on the internationally available 245hp RS, the Indian RS will only be available in the 230hp state of tune from the 2.0 TSI petrol engine that gets from not to 100 in a very brisk 6.8 seconds.
Of Course power is sent to the wheels through the intensely responsive six-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox, with paddle shifters. Again although we haven’t driven the RS yet we have driven other cars from the VW family that have this gearbox (including the 2016 Vento Cup Race car!) and we can tell you that the gearbox is almost telepathic.
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