The Škoda Octavia RS 2.0 TSI launched late last year was a surprise performance hit, matching generous standard equipment and practicality with spirited driving dynamics.
Now with the launch of the 2009 model year, it has joined its 2.0 TDI RS sibling by offering an optional six-speed DSG transmission alongside the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
The new transmission offers crisper and faster shifts, allowing the driver to fully exploit the 147kW and 280Nm on offer, while returning claimed fuel consumption of just 7.9-litres per 100km.
Further additions to the 2009 model year line-up include an upgraded ‘Bolero’ radio with touch screen technology and SD card reader, an additional storage box in the rear armrest and the illumination colour in the instrument panel has been changed from green to white.
Standard RS equipment also remains, which comprises 18-inch ‘Zenith’ alloy wheels, twin chrome exhaust, RS bumpers, rear boot spoiler on the liftback, RS design sport seats, three-spoke leather steering wheel, red brake calipers and lowered suspension.