The fastest Octavia ever

March 18, 2014
Press Release

March 2014 - The new Octavia RS is a continuation of the current model offensive of the Czech automaker, ŠKODA. The new RS is the fastest production Octavia of all time. From April 2014, the third generation RS will enter the Australian market in sedan and wagon versions. Both models are equipped with powerful yet efficient engines, and boast sophisticated design as well as innovative technology. Furthermore, the new RS models offer all of the ŠKODA Octavia’s outstanding features: functionality, space, safety, innovative comfort assistance systems, and excellent value.​

› The new ŠKODA Octavia RS – performance, practicality and function in perfect balance

› The new 162 kW Octavia RS 2.0 TSI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds

› New petrol and diesel engines: More power, lower fuel consumption and emissions

› Innovative progressive steering, safety and comfort assistance systems as standard

› Sport suspension with XDL extended electronic differential lock and a multi-link rear axle

› Powerful appearance, sporty interior and added racing-inspired engine soundtrack

The third generation Octavia RS is a sporty yet extremely practical vehicle. As the fastest production Octavia of all time, the RS is the flagship model in the Octavia series and represents 113 years of motorsports history.

New petrol and diesel engines with more power and lower fuel consumption

The new Octavia RS is available with a choice of two engines: a 162 kW two-litre petrol engine and a 135 kW two-litre diesel engine. Compared with the second-generation

Octavia RS, the new engines make up to ten percent more power while saving up to 17 percent in fuel. Start-stop and brake energy recuperation systems are standard features of both engines; the petrol engine is available with a manual or DSG dual clutch transmission, each as a six-speed, whilst the diesel engine is available with a DSG six-speed transmission.

Enhanced sports suspension, progressive steering and XDL differential lock as standard

The new Octavia RS comes equipped with a new, lowered sports chassis. In the sedan and wagon, the clearance is 12 mm and 13 mm lower than the standard Octavia respectively. The MacPherson front axle with lower triangular wishbone suspension provides precise front tracking. The rear axle uses a newly developed multi-link suspension for greater stability and handling. Standard features also include the XDL extended electronic differential lock, which is part of the ESC electronic stabilisation control. The new progressive steering provides the third-generation ŠKODA Octavia RS with impressive handling and agility.

Sporting design: aggressive yet sophisticated

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS conveys pure emotion from all angles. In both sedan and wagon variants, the RS conveys a sense of understated athleticism. The attractive front end is noted by its characteristic grille, air inlets with a honeycomb structure, a new apron and fog lights in RS design as well as new bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. RS badging completes the RS’s iconic, performance-driven front appearance.

Seen from the side, the body is lower compared with the standard Octavia and, in keeping with the rest of the new Octavia range, the RS has grown in length and width in comparison with its predecessor. The new Octavia RS is longer (sedan + 88 mm, wagon + 86 mm) and 45 mm wider than the previous Octavia with an increased wheel base by 102 mm. These dimensions and a shortened front overhang underscore the vehicle’s powerful appearance. Standard red brake callipers, powerful proportions, a high tornado line and sharp, precise edges create passion.

Inside the new RS, newly designed RS sport seats are available in a standard fabric and leather trim combination, or an optional Alcantara leather-appointed trim with red contrast stitching. Adding to the list of sports-inspired standard equipment over the standard Octavia range, the RS receives a sporty three-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather and an instrument cluster with a colour multi function display.

Giving further exclusivity to the RS interior design, the steering wheel, gearshift, door sill plates, seats, and floor mats display the iconic RS emblem.

Space, functionality, and many ‘Simply Clever’ solutions

In keeping with the entire Octavia range, both the sedan and wagon variants of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS are equipped with an armada of useful features. This includes plenty of room: the new model offers more interior length (1,782 mm) and more legroom (73 mm). The RS sedan’s boot volume has grown by eight litres to 568 litres, compared to the previous Octavia. With a total of 588 litres, the Wagon RS offers even more storage volume. In addition, the new Octavia RS is equipped with a number of standard ‘Simply Clever’ features. In the cabin, the door storage space includes a rubbish bin, a multimedia holder that accommodates a range of mobile phones and portable media players, as well as other storage spaces, racks and hooks, providing smart options for a tidy cabin. For the first time in the Octavia RS, the boot is equipped with double-sided floor mat.

Five-star safety

The new ŠKODA Octavia RS offers the highest level of safety. Some of the newly developed, active safety systems which come as standard include the multi-collision brake with automatic braking action engaged following an accident, Passenger Protect Assist and Fatigue Detection. Front Assist with emergency braking is also available in the optional Tech Pack. These systems help avoid accidents or minimise the effects of an accident on passengers and other road users. In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety systems maximise the protection of the driver and passengers. Nine airbags work in sync with three-point seatbelts to protect driver and passengers from injuries. Furthermore, the newest ŠKODA model’s precise sports suspension, the long wheelbase, and the rigid, lightweight body contribute to its highly stable handling characteristics. Based on extensive safety testing, ANCAP has awarded the Octavia range a five-star safety rating.

Innovative comfort systems

Already laden with countless comfort systems, there is little left to be desired in the new Octavia RS. However, adding an additional level of comfort and convenience, the optional Tech Pack equips the RS with Adaptive Cruise Control, which adjusts and maintains the distance to the vehicle ahead, and Automatic Parking Assist, which aids in both parallel and vertical parking. The Tech Pack also includes the Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System (KESSY), while the optimised CANTON sound system also available with the Tech Pack provides pure listening enjoyment for the whole cabin. The Columbus radio navigation system (standard) with 3D navigation display uses a large eight–inch touch screen with a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels. A DVD player (audio and video) takes the place of a conventional CD player. In addition, Columbus offers a screen with proximity sensors, media-in connection including Apple video functionality, menu guidance, eight loudspeakers, two SD card slots, Bluetooth high-end telephone functionality, voice control, JPEG viewer and an internal 64GB flash memory. It features a Media-In connection, located separately underneath the air-conditioning operating panel, which prevents cable chaos.

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