Skoda has today confirmed that its new top-shelf Octavia RS 230, revealed in February, is bound for Australian showrooms.
It’s far from right around the corner, however. Speaking with TMR today, Skoda Australia’s Kurt McGuiness confirmed that while a local debut is confirmed, it will not occur until sometime in 2016.
Power is up slightly from 162 to 169kW, while torque remains unchanged at 350Nm. But, as with its GTI Performance cousin, the RS 230 also gains an electronically-controlled locking front differential.
The new system sends power to the outside wheel in corners, working together with the XDL system as it brakes the inside wheel - all in the interests of reduced understeer and a quicker exit from corners.
In addition to the handling boost, Skoda says the power hike will cut a tenth of a second from the run to 100km/h, now listed at 6.7 seconds, and top speed will increase oh-so-slightly from 248 to 250km/h.
The RS 230’s greatest point of appeal, at least in overseas markets, could lie in the fact that - unlike the DSG auto-only GTI Performance - the Skoda is available in both manual and DSG form.
Skoda has yet to confirm if it will offer both options here, but as a sales-stealing point of difference, a manual option could be just the ticket.
On the styling front, the RS 230’s standout tweaks include a black finish to the grille surround, mirror caps, roof and rear spoiler, along with combination black/silver alloys.
Exact timing and pricing for Australia won’t be revealed until later this year, but buyers can likely expect the new special to add $3000-4000 to the current model’s pricing, which begins at $36,790 and tops out at $40,440.