Skoda Octavia RS India launch happens at a great price tag and Skoda was kind enough to give us a good test drive on tight test track which displayed the cars superb prowess
ŠKODA used the abbreviation RS for the first time in motorsport in 1974. In 2000, the synonym of sportiness entered the ŠKODA model range. 200,000 RS models have been sold to date – a whopping 100,000 of which are third-generation Octavia’s and have been sold since 2013.
Months after introducing the Facelifted Octavia, Czech automobile manufacturer ŠKODA AUTO India introduces its most exciting product pf the lineup,Octavia RS 230. The Octavia RS India details are below and is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 24,62,542/-.
The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 230 delivers 230 PS from its 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine. The powerful engine and innovative chassis technology including the XDS+ limited-slip differential offer the ultimate driving experience. The OCTAVIA RS 230 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds; its top speed is limited to 250 km/h making it the fastest series-production model in the history of ŠKODA in India.
As is usual for a ŠKODA, the Octavia RS 230 features a spacious interior and luggage compartment.The new front end, attractive rear design and new Alcantara sporty interior gives the OCTAVIA RS 230 a distinct character and will be available in four sporty colors of Race Blue, Steel Grey, Corrida Red and Candy White.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 230 features the new face of the brand with particularly the bumper being designed with a bold horizontal line, has broad honeycomb air inlets. The redesigned headlight clusters in a crystalline look feature full-LED technology and the AFS adaptive front light system as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology as well as a crystalline appearance. The radiator grille and the tailgate both sport the RS logo featuring a gloss-black ‘V’ (for victory). Features such as the spoiler at the rear of the tailgate are further elements added to the car.
The predominantly black interior of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 230 impresses not only with its integrated headrests, the Alcantara® sports seats provide maximum support in fast corners. The front seats bear the RS logo – as do the front door sills. The front seats feature red top-stitching, is electrically adjustable, offers lumbar support and has a memory function (driver’s seat) which saves three seat positions.
The multifunction sports steering wheel, with perforated leather and integrated gear-shift paddles, matches the car sporty intentions. The radio and telephone (Bluetooth) can be operated from the steering wheel. A colour Maxi-DOT display forms part of the instrument cluster. The LED ambient lighting has ten colours to choose from.
The ŠKODA Octavia RS 230 is lower by 15 mm. The standard Hawk Anthracite alloy wheels are 17 inches in diameter. The DSG with Sport mode, as well as the electronically regulated XDS+ limited-slip differential are also part of the standard equipment. At corners, by gently braking the inner wheels, the system transmits more torque to the outer wheels, resulting in better cornering.
The XDS+ gets activated once the lateral acceleration reaches 0.15 g. The variable ratio steering enables RS drivers to have sportier control of the car during hi-speed driving as well as comfort control when parking. Octavia RS India launch is an enthusiast exercise as the production is limited and the pricing is very tempting. Expect the car to be sold out immediately post launch.