The lid has been lifted on the third generation Skoda Octavia RS. Prior to its official unveiling at the 2013 Goodwood Festival Of Speed Skoda have released photos and information about their new model. So, without further ado, let’s find out some more about the fastest series production model in Skoda’s history. Upon its July release you will be able to choose from either the 2.0 litre, 220 HP petrol model or 2.0 litre, 185 HP diesel model. So how fast is it? Well, the petrol model can do 0 – 62 in a very impressive 6.8 seconds. The diesel model comes in at a slightly more sluggish 8.1 seconds. The petrol model’s top speed maxes out at 154 mph, making it 3.7 mph faster than its predecessor. As expected the diesel model is once again slightly slower at 144 mph. A manual six speed gearbox will help you reach these speeds as standard but you will also have the option of choosing a DSG dual clutch transmission if you feel so inclined. The cars have a 19% increase in fuel efficiency on the previous generation despite their increased speed and acceleration, a theme which seems to be recurring with most newly released cars. This is achieved in part by Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration technology that comes as standard.
How Does It Drive?
Electronic differential lock XDS has been included in the electronic stability control (ESC) as standard. Thanks to the addition of this new technology the traction of the Octavia RS’s wheels is greatly improved, this reduces the vehicles tendencies to understeer during fast cornering manoeuvres. In addition to this the car comes fitted with electro-mechanical progressive steering. This further increases the responsiveness of the new Octavia, reducing required grip during tight cornering. Sport suspension improves the driving experience further. From the front the Octavia RS is decidedly Skoda but with a meaner, sportier edge. The distinctive Skoda front grille returns above honeycomb air intakes. Some things have changed however. A new RS front bumper further accentuates the cars sporty look and new bi-xenon headlights, with integrated LED daytime running, finish off the Octavia’s front end. With the body coming in 12mm lower than the standard Octavia it sits low and strong in the road. The third generation Octavia is longer and wider than its older brother, this lends it an even more imposing presence. The newly heightened wheelbase and trademark red brake callipers only add to its pedigree as a bonafide compact sports car. The choice of 17, 18 or 19 inch light alloys, in a variety of colours, further reinforce Skoda’s attempts to make the 2014 Octavia RS the sportiest model yet.
What Is It Like Inside?
Inside you will find plenty of black leather, stainless steel and RS sports seats for the driver and passenger. The Octavia RS is typically spacious offering more headroom and legroom than any other compact sports car. It also offers record amounts of boot space for its class. Safety is just as important as space it seems as the Octavia RS has a host of protection assistants. These include the Front Assistant with city emergency braking, Lane Assistant, Multi-Collision Braking with accident activated brake intervention, Crew Protect Assistant and Driver Activity Assistant which detects when the driver is fatigued. The Octavia RS also comes with a tonne of additional features that are not dissimilar to those offered by the new Mercedes S Class. These include Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which keeps a constant distance from the car in front of you. Intelligent Light Assistant is also offered that automatically switches the long-beam lights on and off. In addition to this you can also choose an Automatic Parking Assistant and the Traveller Assistant package which detects and indicates traffic signals. It sounds like Skoda have gone all out with the latest Octavia RS to make it as sporty as possible. If you cannot wait for its July release why not check out our fantastic Skoda leasing deals. Written by Ryan Hill