2013 Skoda Octavia RS Unveiled [Photo Gallery]
Scheduled to make its public debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Octavia RS will go on sale with a choice of two engines, both sourced from the Volkswagen Golf (we bet you’re in shock!). We’re talking about the Golf GTI 2.0-liter TSI (220 PS/217 BHP), which will return a top speed of 154 mph and a 0 to 62 mph time of 6.8 seconds, and the Golf GTD 2.0-liter TDI diesel (184 PS/181 BHP), that will take the car up to 144 mph and from 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds.
Both mills will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but Skoda offers a six-speed DSG dual-clutch as an option. Other standard features include sports suspension for the front-wheel drive RS, an electronic XDS differential, and “progressive” steering for better handling, start-stop and Brake Energy Regeneration.
As far as the exterior design goes, the fastest Octavia ever built was enhanced with an array of redesigned features, including the front grille, new front/rear bumpers, black rear diffuser, chrome exhaust pipes, rear spoiler and LED and bi-xenon lights. Inside, the new Octavia RS has a restyled instrument panel, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, sports seats, stainless steel pedals, and the familiar vRS badging.
The 2013 Skoda Octavia RS will go on sale on European markets starting July. The UK will be the first to get the new Czech performance vehicle.
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