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First look: Skoda's high-performance Octavia RS gets a makeover

The first glimpse of the new Octavia RS, due this year.

Image: TobiasSagmeister

SKODA IS GIVING its popular Octavia range a new look this year, and the upgrade will also extend to the sportier Octavia RS models.

Available in both saloon and estate variants, the Octavia RS is a popular choice for enthusiasts thanks to its blend of performance and practicality.

As part of the new image the front end has been given a significant makeover, with the split headlights still proving divisive. In the RS these will consists of full LED units with Adaptive Front-Lighting System, and will continue to have a distinctive daytime running light signature.

The grille is finished in gloss black, with the front bumper housing larger intakes. There will be a choice of different alloy wheels, starting with the standard 17-inch versions, while 18- and 19-inch choices will be available. If you don’t like the fancy black or diamond cut finishes it will be possible to choose a more traditional silver alloy wheel finish, which adds to the discreet look.

Source: TobiasSagmeister

Inside, Skoda has focussed most of its changes around the centre console, specifically the infotainment unit. A new 9.2-inch Columbus system features a high resolution screen and can offer both a WLAN hotspot and LTE data connection.

Of course the mechanical side of things hasn’t been forgotten about either. The Octavia RS will sit 15mm lower than its predecessor, while the increase in rear track by 30mm should help to further enhance the dynamic qualities of the car.

If you opt for the diesel engine it remains unchanged. This 2.0-litre TDI produces 184hp and 380Nm, which is enough to see it reach 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. It will be offered with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox and both front- and all-wheel drive transmissions.

Source: TobiasSagmeister

The petrol version is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI engine with 230hp and a maximum torque output of 350Nm. This completes the dash to 100km/h in a brisker 6.7 seconds, but is only offered with a front-wheel-drive transmission.

Prices for the updated Octavia RS range have yet to be announced.

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