Skoda Auto had launched the Octavia Rs 245 in India earlier this month at the Auto Expo 2020 and the Czech carmaker has now announced accepting its bookings online, starting from March 1, 2020. In fact, the performance-specced sedan can be booked only through a centralised online platform for a booking amount of ₹ 1 lakh. The production of the Skoda Octavia RS 245 will be limited to just 200 models which will be booked through 'buyskodaonline' platform. The 2020 Skoda Octavia RS 245 has been priced at ₹ 36 lakh (ex-showroom) in India and will be available in five colour options- Rallye Green, Race Blue, Corrida Red, Magic Black, and Candy White.
The RS breed of Octavias have always been menacing in performance terms and the Octavia RS 245 retains that character featuring a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TSI BS6 petrol motor that churns out 242 bhp and 370 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. There engine has enough punch to pull the Octavia RS 245 to triple digit speeds in just 6.6 seconds while it can clock an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph. However, that overwhelming performance comes with a cost. The Skoda Octavia RS 245 will be sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU), making it over ₹ 13 lakh expensive than the range-topping Skoda Octavia L&K 1.8 petrol variant in the regular model line-up.
It's still wears the Octavia badge at the end of the day and so the body silhouette and dimensions remain pretty much the same. That said, it definitely carries an aggressive and sporty demeanour sporting larger air intakes on that new chunkier bumper, larger 19-inch alloy wheels shod in low profile tyres and faux diffuser at the rear along with a lowered stance. The sporty aura has been extended to the all-black cabin as well featuring a flat bottom steering wheel and sport seats wrapped in Alcantara leather that offer better lateral support, keeping the driver stable at corners. Moreover, it also borrows the Virtual Cockpit form Audis and gets an updated an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The cabin is also practical and loaded to the brim with features like dual-zone auto climate control, 60:40 split rear and offers a boot space of 590 litres which can be expanded to 1580 litres. It doesn't fail to impress in the safety features department as well featuring nine airbags including a driver knee airbag, Adaptive Front light System (AFS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Brake Assist (BA), Multi Collision Brake (MKB), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL).