Skoda puts an extra strong variant of the sporty RS model on the newly lifted Octavia. The 2,0-liter turbo gasoline engine in the new RS 245 delivers - as the name indicates - 180 kW / 245 hp and thus 15 hp more than in the standard version. The top version of the compact series celebrates its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 9 to 19).
The most powerful Octavia to date in the company's history is available as a sedan and station wagon. In both versions, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides a torque of 370 Nm, which is either directed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or a double clutch transmission with seven stages, which are held in check by an electronically controlled cross lock. The sedan sprints from zero to 100 km / h in 6,6 seconds, the station wagon takes a tenth of a second longer. The maximum speed is limited to 250 km / h in both cases.
The RS 245 is recognizable, among other things, by a shiny black radiator grille, spoiler on the trunk lid or roof edge and a sports exhaust system. The equipment also includes LED headlights, Alcantara sports seats and aluminum pedals. The manufacturer says nothing about the cost. Compared to the standard RS, a premium of 3.000 euros seems realistic, which speaks for a price of around 34.000 euros.
The Skoda Octavia RS has made a significant leap in performance since the current generation was launched in mid-2013. Initially, the basic model came to 162 kW / 220 PS, two years later the RS 230 with 169 KW / 230 PS was introduced as a supplement. This value has been standard since the facelift, which made the new top variant RS 245 necessary. (Holger Holzer / SP-X)