2017 Skoda Octavia RS
2017 Skoda Octavia RSSkoda
2017 Skoda Octavia RSSkoda

Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda Auto has unveiled 2017 Octavia RS almost after two months when Skoda took the wraps off the Octavia facelift.

The potent avatar of the Octavia sedan now features a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlamps cluster. The sedan gets wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumper. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights are step up from the previous version. However, addition of spilt headlamp design similar made the performance version not as attractive as the previous model.

The rear is dominated by a black diffuser and red reflector lamp above. These additions lend a sporty touch to the rear. In addition, the model now features LED-technology license plate illumination and taillights in the classic C-design as standard.

The new Octavia RS gets sporty black interior. The RS-Sport seats are available in leather/fabric combination in addition to the newly introduced Alcantara version. The multi-function sports steering wheel (for DSG gearbox with shift paddles) has a perforated leather crown. Ambient lighting comes as standard. The recesses of the door handles are illuminated, the pedals gets aluminium finish, and the entry panels bear the RS logo.

The new engine of the Octavia RS 2.0- litre TSI engine belts out 227bhp (up from 217bhp) and has a maximum torque of 350Nm at 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. The front-wheel drive sports model sprints from 0 to 100kmph in 6.7 seconds before reaching top speed of 250kmph. The RS version also boasts of 15mm lower sports suspension and the rear track, 30 mm wider than the predecessor. The 17-inch wheels are available as standard, while 18- or 19-inch wheels are available as an option. On request, 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available in silver.