The Skoda Octavia RS has been launched in India at a price of ₹ 24.62 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Octavia RS is the most powerful Skoda car in India till date. It could be safely said that the Octavia RS is first-of-its-kind performance sedan from Skoda in India. Presently, the Octavia RS doesn’t have any rivalry in India. The bookings for the Octavia RS have already begun. Customers can pay an amount of Rs.50, 000 and book the car. The company says that the Octavia RS is receiving a solid response. The model has reached a few dealerships and the deliveries will begin from later in September. The prices for the regular Skoda Octavia start from Rs.15.49 lakh and go up to Rs.22.90 lakh. Powering the new Skoda Octavia RS will be the company’s tried and tested 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine that will come mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. Globally, this engine also comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, but India will not get it. The 2-litre motor churns out 230 bhp and develops a peak torque of 350 Nm. Here, we’d like to mention that the standard car produces 177 bhp in the petrol and 138 bhp on the diesel. It’s because of all that power and torque on the Octavia RS that it can reach from 0-100 kmph in 6.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 kmph, automatically limited of course.
The changes do not stop at just the engine. Visually, the Skoda Octavia RS shares several similarities with the standard Octavia sedan but with a strong flavor of performance. Up front, the Skoda Octavia RS arises with a black radiator grille with the vRS badging and chrome surround. The grille is flanked by the now popular quad-LED headlamp setup that has been carried over from the standard model. The Skoda Octavia RS also gets a new bumper that houses a huge three-piece air intake for enlarged air flow with horizontal LED fog lamps on either end. It will also come shod with 19-inch alloy wheels and performance-oriented tyres. Inside, the cabin of the Skoda Octavia RS will come with alike sporty appeal featuring a multi-functional flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, black leather/fabric combination seats with contrast stitching, ambient lighting, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, MirrorLink and driver assist system among others. The new Skoda Octavia vRS also gets a reviewed suspension setup and a wider track at the back. The dynamic chassis control or the DCC is a standard fitment and this gives the car the agility it needs. Skoda launched the Monte Carlo Edition of the Rapid freshly and now with the Octavia RS, the business is trying to target a whole new audience by carving a niche. The Kodiaq SUV is next on the cards and will be launched by the end of this year.