At the Auto Expo 2020, Skoda has launched the Octavia RS 245 at the price of INR 35.99 lakh ex-showroom, India. The Skoda Octavia RS was one of the hot cakes among Indian performance car enthusiasts and the initial 500 units allocated for our market were exhausted in 2018. By reintroducing the Octavia RS 245 in numbers limited to only 200 units, the Czech brand will again create a niche market at a relatively affordable price tag.
On the exterior, the Skoda Octavia RS 245 features, quadra LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights , VRS sporty bumpers, larger air intakes as compared to the older model, Skoda’s signature vertically slatted grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, black boot spoiler, stainless steel exhaust tips, faux diffuser etc.
On the inside, the Octavia RS 245 features a flat bottomed sport steering wheel, virtual cockpit instruments cluster, Alcantara leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front sports seats and an all-black theme cabin.
The powerplant on the Skoda RS 245 is a Euro6 emission compliant 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 245 PS of power and 370 Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed DSG-Automatic gearbox. The engine can propel the Octavia RS 245 from a standstill to 100 kmph in 6.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 250 kmph. This engine makes 15 HP and 20 Nm more than the previous model and hence the new Octavia RS 245 can sprint 0.2 seconds faster than the earlier Skoda RS. The ground clearance and overall height of the Skoda RS 245 are also lower than the older model which in turn converts to sportier driving dynamics.
The Skoda RS 245 will be shipped to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU) and its bookings open on 1st of March at 12 pm onwards and deliveries to commence from April.
In related news, in March, Skoda is likely to showcase the next-generation Octavia RS which is speculated to come with an electrically assisted 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Will the Plug-in Hybrid powertrain be as fun as the 2.0 TSI engine?