Skoda unveils Octavia RS 4x4 all-wheel-drive sports compact

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2015

Skoda is seeking to continue the success of its third-generation Skoda Octavia RS by unveiling an all-wheel-drive version of the car, the Skoda Octavia RS 4x4. The release of the new Skoda Octavia RS 4x4 follows the unveiling of the Octavia RS 230 special edition.

Skoda’s powerful sports compact has been a winning story for Skoda since the third-generation was launched in 2013. Demand for this model from people around the globe has gone up and Skoda has already made over 58,000 units to date.

Since Skoda launched the first-generation of the Octavia RS in 2000 until the end of August 2015, the Czech carmaker had delivered around 165,000 units of the Octavia RS (comprised of the first to third generation models) to customers around the world.

The new AWD version of the Octavia RS will be available as both a hatch and estate. It is powered by a 2.0 TDI diesel engine that develops up to 135 kW (184 hp) of output and up to 380 Nm of torque available at between 1750 rpm and 3250 rpm.

Mated to an automatic dual clutch transmission (DSG), the engine propels the Octavia RS 4x4 to go from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds onto a top speed of 228 km/h. The 2.0 TDI diesel engine consumes just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits just 129 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer

.Thanks to the blend of diesel engine, DSG transmission and all-wheel drive, the Skoda RS 4x4 provides an athletic performance that could handle virtually any driving condition. Yes, this all-wheel-drive version of the Octavia RS features superb handling and extraordinary traction even when traversing rough terrain.

Power from the engine is transmitted to all four wheels, depending on the situation when the all-wheel-drive is needed. For instance, the wheels would not spin on spot when the vehicle is accelerating rapidly or pulling away. This means that the Octavia RS 4x4 boasts of a higher level of active safety.

Despite being an all-wheel-drive model, the new Skoda Octavia RS 4×4 still has the best elements of the front-wheel drive Octavia RS. For instance, it features sports suspension with multi-link suspension and electronic differential lock XDS+ for aggressive cornering.

It also features state-of-the-art progressive steering and several assistance systems that should improve safety and enhance comfort. Strongly hinting at the underlying performance of the Skoda Octavia RS 4x4 are a number of sporty design elements and a very bold engine sound.

Likewise, the Octavia RS 4x4 features unique alloy wheels and a sporty interior. Nonetheless, the Octavia RS 4x4 still offers maximum functionality and space for a good price – just like any other Octavia. Interestingly, the Octavia RS 4x4 is not the only all-wheel-drive vehicle in Skoda’s stable.

The Czech carmaker also has the Skoda Octavia 4×4, Skoda Octavia Combi 4×4, Skoda Octavia Combi RS 4×4, Skoda Octavia Scout, Skoda Yeti 4×4, Skoda Yeti Outdoor 4×4, Skoda Superb 4×4 and Skoda Superb Combi 4×4. Likewise, the Skoda Octavia RS 4x4 is one of the 15 versions of the third generation Octavia.

On the other hand, the RS designation of the Octavia RS 4x4 alludes to its motorsports capability. The RS designation was first used in 1974, with the symbol appearing on racers like the Skoda 180 RS and Skoda 200 RS.

Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing, remarked that the all-wheel drive Octavia RS expands the brand’s RS range with a new attractive version. He said that Skoda expects the 4x4 version to continue the success of the well-received and fast-selling Octavia RS.

Press Release

ŠKODA Octavia RS: Now with all-wheel drive and six-speed DSG

Shortly after introducing the new special edition Octavia RS 230, ŠKODA releases the next big name in their Octavia RS series: the powerful sports compact is now available with all-wheel drive. 4×4 drive for the Octavia RS diesel 2.0 TDI/135 kW (184 hp) in combination with six-speed DSG is available on the first markets as of now. This combination of all-wheel drive and sports performance turn the ŠKODA Octavia RS hatch and estate into an impressive performance package. The third-generation Octavia RS released in 2013 is a genuine success story, with more than 58,000 sold to date.

"Our first all-wheel drive ŠKODA Octavia RS expands our RS range with another highly attractive version, highlighting our expertise in 4x4 technology," says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. "The Octavia RS has been very well received, and sales have exceeded our expectations. This 4×4 version will continue to drive the success of the model series."

The third-generation ŠKODA Octavia RS launched in 2013 has been very popular on the international markets with more than 58,000 units produced to date. The ŠKODA Octavia RS, available as both a hatch and estate, is a sporty yet extremely practical car. At the same time, the top model in the Octavia series represents 114 years of successful motorsport history for the brand. The first-generation Octavia RS, released in the year 2000, was the first ŠKODA for end customers to enter the market as a sporty RS model. Between 2000 and the end of August 2015, ŠKODA had delivered around 165,000 first to third-generation Octavia RS to customers.

In combination with all-wheel drive, the ŠKODA Octavia RS is the perfect car for everyday and leisure use, and a real all-rounder in virtually any driving situation. The model's power, technology and utility are impressive, and acceleration is excellent. The attractive combination of automatic dual clutch transmission (DSG) and all-wheel drive accelerates the Octavia RS TDI/135 kW from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 228 km/h. The maximum torque of 380 Nm is 1750-3250 rpm. The combined fuel consumption is 4.9 l/100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

The modern all-wheel drive results in excellent handling and impressive traction performance even on rough terrain. The power is distributed over the four wheels depending on the specific driving situation when the 4×4 technology is active. The wheels will not spin on the sport even when pulling away or accelerating rapidly. Besides feeling impressive on the road, this also leads to a high level of active safety.

In addition, the ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 features the best aspects of the front-wheel drive Octavia RS. The technological highlights include sports suspension with multi-link suspension and electronic differential lock XDS+ for dynamic cornering, innovative progressive steering and numerous assistance systems for enhanced safety and comfort.

The model's powerful appearance is accentuated with sporty design elements, distinctive alloy wheels, a bold engine noise for that sports feeling and a sporty interior. In addition, all Octavia RS models offer the great features of the ŠKODA Octavia: maximum functionality and space at the fair value for money.

The RS designation represents ŠKODA successes in motorsport, as well as the power and the passion of the brand. First used as a ŠKODA model designation in 1974, the RS symbol appeared on the racing cars ŠKODA 180 RS and ŠKODA 200 RS as the 'Ur-RS'. In the 1970s and 80s, the legendary ŠKODA 130 RS was one of the most successful racing cars of its time.

The Octavia RS 4×4 is yet another demonstration of ŠKODA's expertise in all-wheel drive technology. The car manufacture's 4×4 range now comprises nine models: ŠKODA Octavia 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia Combi RS 4×4, ŠKODA Octavia Scout, ŠKODA Yeti 4×4, ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor 4×4, ŠKODA Superb 4×4 und ŠKODA Superb Combi 4×4.

The ŠKODA Octavia RS 4x4 is also a demonstration of the third-generation Octavia's versatility. ŠKODA now offers 15 versions of their number-one bestseller: from the eco-friendly ŠKODA Octavia GreenLine up to the Octavia RS 230 – the fastest ŠKODA Octavia of all time.

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