The top Octavia's festival debut follows its official unveiling last month, revealing a powerful new look for Skoda's self-proclaimed “racy and clever compact sports car”.
Diesel and petrol options will again be available with the RS, with the 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine offering 135kW and a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds.
The more performance-oriented petrol model comes with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 162kW; the same unit that powers the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Skoda promises a 0-100km/h of 6.8 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 248km/h (6km/h faster than the previous model).
A six-speed transmission is available in both manual and DSG auto, with the manual being standard fitment and the auto being optional.
Progressive steering, a 12mm lower ride-height, sports suspension, an “XDS” electronic differential lock, larger alloy wheels and a sports body kit all help the Octavia RS to stand out from the regular Octavia.
But the additions aren’t all mechanical, with Skoda claiming the Octavia RS offers more leg and head room and a bigger boot than any other compact sports car. The sedan boot has grown five litres over the old Octavia RS to 590 litres.
“Here’s a car that is not stingy with superlatives; it's the fastest, most economical, largest, roomiest, safest, smartest and most comfortable Octavia RS that has ever been produced,” Skoda’s Frank Welsch said.
“The new Octavia RS marries power, technology and utility, and it is a perfect car for everyday use and recreation.”
The regular Skoda Octavia is due to arrive in local showrooms in the last quarter of this year. TMR expects that we will see the new Octavia RS in the early part of 2014.