The new ŠKODA Octavia RS is now available to order in Ireland. The model, which has something of a cult following in Ireland has been a huge success for ŠKODA here and this third-generation of the car is the most powerful version ever.
The Combi (estate) is the first to be available with the hatchback available to order for September delivery. The RS is powered by two turbocharged engine alternatives. The volume seller in Ireland will be the 2.0 TDI 184bhp Diesel, with a 2.0 TSI 220bhp petrol also featuring. Compared to the second generation Octavia RS, the new engines provide more power whilst consuming up to 19% less fuel. Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration are fitted as standard. Both engines are mated to six-speed manual transmissions or as an option a 6-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission.
There are a host of changes to this generation of RS. Aside from the new engines, the car, which has sports suspension as standard has been lowered by 12mm compared to the standard Octavia (The Combi version is 13mm lower). There is a new feature, an electronic differential lock XDS integrated into the electronic stability control (ESC) as standard. This gives the car even greater traction and reduced the tendency for the car to understeer in fast cornering. There is also new electro-mechanical progressive steering. With this, the driver can make smaller movements in steering to achieve the desired turning radius.
This is a much larger car than before too, 88m longer in the case of the hatchback and 45mm wider, with a 102mm longer wheelbase. At the rear, there are two large, trapezoidal-shaped chrome exhaust tailpipes and a black diffuser. These, combined with the C-shaped rear LED lights give the car an almost menacing look.
The new RS is more heavily equipped than the outgoing version with 18” Alloy Wheels, Sports Seats, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED and Twin Exhausts all added to the package.