The highly anticipated Skoda Octavia RS has been finally launched in India priced at Rs. 24.62 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This is the second launch from the carmaker in the past few weeks after the Rapid Monte Carlo, but the RS badge brings a whole new breed of power to the country. It is the first "affordable" performance sedan of sorts go on sale in India and does not have any direct competition in the same price or power bracket.
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The new Skoda Octavia RS is the most powerful Skoda offering to be launched in India and draws power from a 2-litre TSI turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 230 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The performance bred version is based on the facelifted Octavia that was launched recently and carries over the cosmetic updates. However, Skoda has spruced up the RS version with aesthetic upgrades to distinguish the model from the standard version.
Additions on the Skoda Octavia RS include a gloss black radiator grille with the vRS badging and chrome surrounds, while the quad-LED headlamp setup has been carried over and gets the adaptive lighting system. The performance sedan also gets a new bumper that houses a massive three-piece air intake with horizontal LED foglamps on either end. The car gets a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels, blackened B-pillar, and LED tail lights, while the rear is finished with stainless steel tip dual exhaust.
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Inside, the Skoda Octavia RS gets an all-black cabin finished in Alcantara leather, the sports seats get contrast stitching while the feature list includes all the modern day essentials including a touchscreen infotainment system offering a host of connectivity options. The Octavia RS sits 15 mm lower than the standard version, while the boot capacity remains the same, making this a rather practical performance sedan.
In addition, the Skoda Octavia RS also gets a revised suspension setup and a wider track at the rear. The dynamic chassis control or the DCC is a standard fitment and this gives the car better handling prowess. Bookings for the new Octavia RS 230 are already open at the company's dealerships for a token Rs. 50,000, while deliveries will commence in the next few days.