As with the Golf GTI Performance, the RS 230 dials up the power of its 2.0 litre turbocharged engine from 162 to 169kW (torque is unchanged at 350Nm).
The real trick in both, however, is the addition of an electronically-controlled locking front differential.
The new system, which sends power to the outside wheel in corners, works together with the XDL system as it brakes the inside wheel.
Reduced understeer and quicker corner exit speeds is the promise, with reliance on ESC said to be dramatically lower.
Full details are still to come, and it remains unclear if Skoda will offer the new special in both liftback sedan and wagon form, or liftback only.
Also unclear is whether, like the GTI Performance, the RS 230 will be auto-only, or if a manual option will be offered as another point of difference between the Octavia RS and the Golf GTI.
Watch for details, and word of Australian availability, to come at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.