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Geneva show: Skoda unleashes Octavia RS245
Take me on: Skoda’s new Octavia RS245 will sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, making the hot Czech sedan faster than some dedicated sportscars.
Hot Skoda Octavia RS245 confirmed for Australia with both manual and DSG option
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9 March 2017
SKODA unleashed its Octavia RS245 at the Geneva motor show this week and the
Czech brand’s global chief executive Bernhard Maier has confirmed to GoAuto
that Australians will “of course” be offered the chance to snap up the
Due in Australia later this year to crown the the mid-life update for the
mid-sized sedan and wagon range, the RS245 is the Volkswagen-owned brand’s most
powerful production model to date, producing 180kW and 370Nm of torque from its
turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine.
“It is a worldwide offering and I think it will come in the course of this
year,” Mr Maier told GoAuto at the unveiling of the new variant in Geneva.
However, unlike the previous Octavia RS230 – which landed in Australian
showrooms last year in strictly limited numbers and exclusively with a manual
gearbox – Mr Maier said the RS245 will not be restricted in production and will
include the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A
six-speed manual will be fitted standard.
“Of course, we have limited production numbers due to the capacity of our
plant, and we are currently driving really at full speed, so in that respect we
are limited,” he said.
“But I hope we can meet the demand of our customers in the course of the year.
“Every single market is important and Australia especially because we have
earned a great success story so far and we are about to continue especially in
The RS245’s 180kW maximum power is up 11kW over the RS230, while its 370Nm peak
torque figure – up 20Nm on the RS230 – is delivered from 1600rpm to 4300rpm.
The RS245 will hit a top speed of 250km/h and can accomplish the landmark
0-100km/h sprint in a claimed 6.6 seconds, making it faster than the Toyota 86
and Mazda MX-5, while only 0.1s slower to triple digits than the Volkswagen
Sitting 15mm lower than its standard Octavia siblings and with a 30mm-wider
rear track compared with the RS230, the hot new Czech sedan promises strong
handling characteristics to match its potent straightline performance.
Also underpinning the new Octavia is a Sport-mode selectable electronic
stability control system, along with progressive steering, adaptive dynamic
chassis control and an electronically governed VAQ front-axle limited-slip
Exterior highlights include 19-inch wheels as standard and a new front fascia
with a wider gloss-black grille and honeycomb-shaped air inlets.
An entirely LED lighting signature is featured on the RS245, including the
headlights, foglights, tail-lamps and numberplate illumination, while a sports
exhaust system (finished off with black tailpipes) is fitted for increased
RS-branded front sports seats and door sills greet occupants when entering the
cabin, while drivers are handed a multifunction leather-clad sports steering
wheel (with shift paddles in automatic versions).
Expect to see pricing, options and specification information surface closer to
the Octavia RS245’s 2017 launch, which is expected after the mainstream
facelifted mid-size range hits the market in July.