Skoda Adds AWD To Octavia RS Diesel - Updated Photo:

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Kez Casey | Oct, 02 2015 | 2 Comments

The good news for hot hatch (and wagon) fans is that Skoda is adding an all-wheel-drive variant of the Octavia RS to its European line-up.

The bad news is that it will only arrive with limited availability: The only powertrain combination to gain all-paw grip is the 2.0 litre diesel, matched to a six-speed DSG automatic.

Announced this week in the UK, the new Octavia RS 4x4 joins the regular 162TSI petrol and 135TDI diesel variants, as well as the more performance oriented 169TSI version that will be added to the Australian line-up in 2016.

Power and torque outputs for the 135TDI engine remain the same, with 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque between 1750 and 3250rpm.

The addition of AWD to a diesel hot hatch makes the Octavia RS 4x4 something of a unique performance proposition, however given parent comany, Volskwagen Group's resent 'dieselgate' controversy, the diesel powertrain could prove a difficult-sell with a cautious buying public.

Thanks to the added traction of the 4x4 system the Octavia RS can now sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds, shaving a considerable amount of time off the front wheel drive version’s 8.2 second sprint time.

All other specification for the 135TDI remains the same for the UK market, except for the addition of satellite navigation, a feature already on the standard equipment list for Australia.

In the UK Skoda asks an extra £1450 (AU$3100) for the 4x4 variant over the two wheel drive 135TDI, in both hatch and wagon bodystyles.

Update: Skoda Australia has confirmed that it has no plans to offer the Octavia RS 4x4 in Australia at this stage.

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