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The Skoda Octavia RS has made its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

Unveiled in both sedan and wagon guises, and arriving locally in early-2014, the new Skoda Octavia RS is the Czech brand’s quickest series-production Octavia in history with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds – half a second faster than the previous generation.

Powered by a 162kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7, and up 15kW on the previous model’s 2.0-litre unit, the RS will hit a top speed of 248km/h.

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As offered previously, the RS is also available with a diesel alternative. Now a 135kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, an extra 10kW helps the oiler reach three figures in 8.1 seconds.

Both engines are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and come with engine stop-start technology as standard.

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New sports suspension that places the RS models 12-13mm lower than the standard Octavia, joins a new electronic differential lock, dark-tinted bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, red brake calipers, 17-inch light-alloy wheels and trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips.

The arrival of the flagship Skoda Octavia RS will follow the launch of rest of the third-generation Octavia range taking place at the end of this year.

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  • JoeR_AUS

    Yes, noticed the new Skoda on the La Tour De France. Much bigger, should open its appeal. :-)


    Czech express ~

  • Neil_Way

    A much needed visual improvement on the old RS that really suffered from such a bland initial design. If only Skoda got the pricing a bit keener in Aus.

  • marc

    Both wagon and sedan look sharp.

  • Kris

    Yep, this looks nice with a good quality interior and good technology in general. Just needs to be priced a bit below VW and they should steal a few more deserved sales.

  • Zaccy16

    looks great, specially in wagon trim, both engines are good choices!

  • Hung Low

    Resale is a b@tch, small dealer network and its own sister brand is smothering the pillow over its face…….otherwise this is potentially the best thing ever from Skoda.

    • Trickster

      Resale isn’t a b@tch. I owned an 2009 RS TDi DSG Wagon and just sold it for $20k with 82k on the clock as the lease was up. The resale was 48% after the 4 years – that’s quite good!

  • Nada

    Skoda won’t bring out full spec models so as not to take away sales from VW. Eg Euro models full panoramic roof Vs Aus models no panoramic roof.

    • Jakewilliam5

      What Australian-spec Skoda doesn’t come with a panoramic roof that the Euro model does? Panoramic roofs are only available on the Superb wagon, the Yeti, and the Roomster worldwide. The new Octavia wagon has one too, but it’s not on sale until November. No current Octavia has a panoramic roof, nor the Fabia or Superb saloon.

      I agree that VW Australia would do that to Skoda, but not with roofs buddy.

      • Nada

        Maybe I shouldn’t have used the roofs as an example, but VAG will slot these cars in their lovely product matrix.

  • Norm

    Wagon absolutely looks the biz.

    • Nada

      I think it looks better than the new Golf Estate. Only via images, could be turned in opinion when I see them in the metal.

  • Bubba

    Any idea on pricing and timing for Oz anyone?

  • donk123

    At this stage the RS versions are looking at a mid 2nd or early 3rd quarter release here and around $40-$45k + before orc. All high spec ie, nav, Bluetooth, strreaming, leather, LED drl, xenon headlights etc. Options possibly such as sunroof, AFL system etc not yet confirmed but a good possibility. Wonder if RVC is an option or standard?