The Skoda Octavia RS is coming to India again but it will again be imported to the country with numbers limited to just 200 units. The new model is the current-gen Euro-spec Octavia RS.
When Skoda launched the Octavia RS back in September 2017, they didn’t quite expect that it would be such a hit in the Indian market. Skoda has first bought just 300 units of the Octavia RS and all of them were quickly sold out. Skoda had to ship in an additional 200 units to meet the demand for this sports sedan. However, since the first batch of 500 cars were sold out in 2018, enthusiasts have been waiting for the RS variant to return to India. Now we have come to learn that the Skoda Octavia RS will make its India comeback at the Auto Expo 2020.
In an interview with Autocar India, Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service and Marketing at Skoda Auto India, has confirmed that the Octavia RS will again be brought to India but it will still come as an import and in limited quantities.
“The Octavia RS is on the ships and heading to India. As a CBU, limited to 200 cars, all individually badged models and I expect them to be sold out very quickly,” said Hollis. “We will take orders centrally and there will be no demonstrators or courtesy cars; all cars will go to enthusiastic Skoda customers,” he added.
Another thing to note is that Skoda will be bringing the current-gen, Euro-spec Octavia RS. The newer Octavia RS is more powerful than the previous iteration of the Octavia RS that was sold in India. It also sits lower and has lesser ground clearance than the previous car. The new Octavia RS still prioritizes its sporty driving dynamics.
“It’s the fully-loaded Euro-spec car with the 245hp engine and 18-inch wheels and a lot of equipment. No change in ground clearance, so you’ve got to be careful with the potholes on Indian roads but I am sure enthusiasts won’t mind”, said Hollis.
The Skoda Octavia RS is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine, which now puts out 245hp and 370Nm of torque (15hp and 20Nm more than before). The engine comes paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox and the car can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 6.6 seconds. The previous car did it in 6.8 seconds. The top-speed remains identical at 250 kph.
The new car also gets an updated suspension setup and there are visual differences in the form of larger 18-inch alloy wheels and a body kit which gives the RS a distinctive sporty character. There are also some blacked-out elements on the exteriors, LED headlights, tail-lamps, fog lamps and daytime running lights (DRLs), steel exhaust tips and a boot spoiler.