SKODA is continuing the tradition of its performance RS models in the fourth-generation OCTAVIA too. This iteration, however, is the first in which the Czech car manufacturer is offering three different drive systems.
A choice of three drive concepts now available
In the fourth generation of the OCTAVIA RS, customers can opt for one of three drive systems for the first time. With a power output of 180 kW (245 PS), the new OCTAVIA RS iV with plug-in hybrid drive and 6-speed DSG as well as the OCTAVIA RS equipped with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine and a manual 6-speed gearbox or 7-speed DSG are each on a par. The 2.0 TDI delivers 147 kW (200 PS); it is always coupled with a 7-speed DSG, and all-wheel drive is an optional extra.
Sporty appearance featuring RS-typical black details
RS models traditionally look much more dynamic than other OCTAVIAs. In addition to exclusive front and rear aprons, they feature numerous black attributes. These include the SKODA-typical grille, diffuser, and Air Curtains above the exclusive LED fog lights. The wing mirror housings and the window frames also come in gloss black, as do the COMBI’s roof rails.
At the rear, aeroflaps, diffuser and RS rear spoiler are gloss black too. The COMBI’s roof spoiler is body-coloured. RS models feature black 18-inch alloy wheels as standard; the brake callipers boast an eye-catching RS-typical red finish. 19-inch alloys are available as an option. The sporty top-of-the-range versions are characterised by exclusive vRS badges on the ŠKODA grille and tailgate. Standard equipment includes the innovative full LED Matrix headlights, which are making their OCTAVIA debut.
Dynamic, RS-style interior
The interior of OCTAVIA RS models is predominantly black. The redesigned multifunction leather sports steering wheel has three spokes and bears the RS logo. It has rearranged buttons and new knurled wheels in a chrome design; vehicles with DSG feature shift paddles. The front sports seats with integrated headrests are upholstered in black fabric, whilst the optional ergonomic seats come with a cover made of Alcantara, leather and artificial leather as well as seat-depth adjustment and a massage function. The seats bear the RS logo and coloured decorative stitching in red or silver-grey, which can also be found on the leather steering wheel, the armrests and the Alcantara®-covered instrument panel. Carbon-effect decorative strips and pedals in an aluminium design add the finishing touches to the car’s athletic appearance.
New Skoda OCTAVIA gets the latest-generation modular infotainment matrix, comprehensive connectivity thanks to a built-in eSIM, a high level of active and passive safety thanks to new assistance systems, and more. With central displays measuring up to 10 inches, a revised Virtual Cockpit with new layouts and an optional head-up display – making its ŠKODA debut in the new OCTAVIA – the driver always has an optimal overview of all the relevant information. The new active systems, Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning, also boost safety.
Virtual Cockpit with Sport layout;
The RS model is fitted with the Virtual Cockpit instrument panel as standard, which offers an additional Sport layout. They come with Driving Mode Select as standard, featuring a new RS mode. All driver assistance systems from the fourth-generation OCTAVIA are of course also available for the RS variants. These include the new Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning as well as Local Traffic Warning.
Although no official announcement about new Octavia RS launch in India was disclosed, enthusiasts can hope to get hold of the new Skoda Octavia by early 2021.
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