Skoda Auto India recently launched Octavia RS 245 in India at a staggering price tag of Rs. 35 lakhs. The all-new Skoda Octavia RS 245 will be sold in limited numbers in India, 200 units to be precise. This is perhaps the most powerful Octavia on the streets of India.
This sporty machine is well complemented by its sporty chassis which come with an electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential. The ground clearance of this coupé-like silhouette is down by 15mm when compared with the Octavia sold in India. The front grille and tailgate sports vRS logo (v stands for victory).
The beast is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds and can top at ‘electronically limited’ to 250 km/h. The center console receives a vRS Mode button which when activated adjusts the characteristics of the engine, electronic assistants, and stability control systems, for an amazing driving experience.
Speaking about the exterior, the RS 245 comes with a signature gloss black butterfly grille with the vRS logo with broad honeycomb air inlets. It features Quadra headlamps with CystalGlo LED DRL. Towards the side, the RS 245 features 18″ dual-tone Vega alloy wheels with a glossy-black wing mirror housing.
Towards the rear, the Octavia RS 245 receives Skoda’s signature C-Shaped taillamp that is well complemented by a glossy black spoiler and trapezoidal-shaped tailpipe. The RS 245 can be easily distinguished by the rest of the lot by a unique ‘husky’ sound that it produces through its exhaust system.
Towards the inside, the Octavia RS 245 features a three-spoke SuperSport flat-bottom multi-functional steering wheel with paddle-shift. The steering wheel comes with black perforated leather with red stitching that adds to the aesthetic appearance and feels. It comes with Carbon décor with 10 colored LED ambient lighting.
One of the highlights of Octavia RS 245 is the deployment of the virtual cockpit which enables customization of high definition instrumentation cluster with various perspectives that include important driving data and navigation. The instrumentation cluster can be customized to various modes such as Classic, Basic, Extended, Modern, and Sports display options.
Another key highlight is the use of black Alcantara® Sports Seats with integrated headrest that offers comfortable seating and enhances the sporty appeal of the interiors. Other features include twelve-way electrically-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, three programmable memory functions for the driver seat, lumbar support for seats, etc.
The RS 245 comes with a host of convenience features such as 8″ touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink™ technology, dual-zone Climatronic air conditioning system, clean air function, auto windshield de-misting, etc. The car comes with a boot space of 590 liters that can be further increased to seats 1,580 liters by folding the rear seat that could be folded in 60:40 split ratio.
Powering the all-new Octavia RS 245 is Skoda’s powerful 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that comes mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission for the smoother and quicker gearshift. The Octavia RS 245 is capable of churning 245 PS of power at 5,000-6,700 rpm (15PS more than the predecessor) along with 370 Nm of torque at 1,600 – 4,300 rpm.
The all-new Skoda Octavia RS 245 is not only the fastest Skoda in India but also one of the safest. It features nine airbags (dual front, side airbags at front and rear, curtain airbags at front and rear, and driver knee airbag) for enhanced safety of the occupants. In addition to this, the car is equipped with a host of safety features such as AFS (Adaptive Front light System), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), MBA (Mechanical Brake Assist), MKB (Multi Collision Brake), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), and EDS (Electronic Differential Lock).
Overall, considering the price visa-vis the features, the deal seems good for those who fancy power, safety, and features.