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.