Skoda India has opened bookings for the current-gen Octavia RS 245. It is the only proper performance-oriented sedan in its segment.
Auto Enthusiasts in India are usually starved for choices in the market. At the lower end of the market, you have a few hot hatchbacks that make do with a decent amount of power and some fast-looking graphics. Above that, you then have a few German saloons that cost half-a-crore, or CBU supercars. Thankfully, Skoda Octavia RS 245 has been brought back to our country to fill in that wide gap.
Bookings for the Skoda Octavia RS 245 open in India
Ironically, the Octavia RS is also sold in India as a CBU import, and is priced at Rs. 35.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Although this price might seem a little expensive, it’s worth noting that the regular Octavia retails for Rs. 17.98 lakh for the ‘Corporate Edition’ variant, going all the way up to Rs. 30.01 lakh for the top-spec ‘L & K TDI’. The additional price of the RS, therefore, seems justified in comparison.
The Octavia RS 245 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum of 245 hp and 370 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. The transmission on offer is a 7-speed DSG gearbox, complete with steering-mounted paddle-shifters. The performance figures are impressive as well. The car takes just 6.6 seconds to reach 100 kmph from a standstill, and then makes its way up to a top speed of 250 kmph. The car will be available in three colour options, namely Candy White, Corrida Red, Magic Black, Race Blue, Rallye Green.
The RS 245 is based on the outgoing Skoda Octavia model
The Skoda Octavia RS 245 will only be sold in limited number, in order to enjoy the benefits of relaxation in the import norms, in a fashion similar to the recently launched Toyota Vellfire. Only 200 units of the car will be brought to India, and they can only be booked online via Skoda’s official booking web portal. Deliveries are expected to commence in April this year. It should also be noted that the RS 245 is based on the previous-gen Octavia, and there is a new one arriving in India soon. We also expect the next-gen Octavia vRS to make its way to our country as well.