2017 Skoda Octavia RS Gets Facelift, It Comes With A Bit More Power

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Skoda’s Octavia RS, one of Europe’s factory-made sleepers, has received the same facelift that was applied to the rest of the lineup.
The facelift for the Octavia RS comes just a few weeks after the one for the standard model, and it seems like all the changes were adapted for the performance-oriented versions.

In spite of the entire Dieselgate scandal, Skoda has not ditched the 184 HP version of the 2.0-liter TDI power plant, but it has not tinkered with its performance figures either. Instead, the 2.0-liter TSI got a small push to 230 HP, which means a 10 HP increase that is enough to make it the most powerful Octavia ever made.

The front of the car features the split headlights that were featured on the facelift of the regular Octavia, and we still have not gotten used to their look. There’s a small chance they look better in real life. They also have a full LED configuration, complete with Adaptive Front Lighting to improve their capabilities and performance. The front bumper also gets a band of LED lights for good measure.

The interior has been adjusted like that of the standard model, but the seats are now available for purchase in a version that is trimmed in Alcantara. The steering wheel gets perforated leather, and ambient lighting becomes standard, just like the illuminated recesses of the door handles. Those sitting in the passenger seat will find an umbrella underneath their chair, and the wagon comes with a removable LED lamp.

Concerning technology and driver aids, Skoda fitted the Octavia RS facelift with its latest developments on the topic. You can have it with an LTE/4G Internet connection that includes a WLAN hotspot, which is operated from a 9.2-inch multimedia screen. The driver now gets a trailer assist system, along with blind spot detection, cross traffic alert, and an improved front assist system that includes a predictive pedestrian protection technology.

Instead of heavily tuning its engines, Skoda has enhanced the suspension of the Octavia RS models. Their ride height was lowered by 15 millimeters, and the rear track was extended by 30 mm. The brake calipers are now painted red, and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. Those that want bigger wheels can fit 18 or 19-inch ones from the factory.

Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes place in 6.7 seconds for the 2.0 TSI model with front-wheel-drive, while the top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph). Its combined fuel economy is 6.5 liters/100 kilometers in the NEDC standard cycle. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, but you can also get it with a six-speed DSG twin-clutch unit.

Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter TDI unit develops 184 HP and 380 Nm, and it takes 7.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). This version' rated fuel economy is 4.5 liters for the combined cycle. You can get this model in Europe with a six-speed DSG gearbox and all-wheel-drive, or with front-wheel-drive that comes with a choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed DSG.
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