Skoda unveils sportier 2017 Octavia RS facelift with similar crystalline headlights

Article by Christian A., on December 24, 2016

More than a month after Skoda unveiled the 2017 Octavia Facelift, the Czech carmaker ended doubts whether there would be an RS version or not. It has become official that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift is coming to the market.

Since the RS suffix is usually given to any Skoda model with sporty looks and dynamics, it follows that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS Facelift is astounding. Compared to the new Skoda facelift, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift looks a lot sportier and boasts of better performance on the road.

Inside, the 2017 Octavia RS features a sporty black interior laden with RS-Sport seats in leather/fabric combo or in Alcantara. Models with DSG gearbox come with a multi-function sports steering wheel with a perforated leather crown. The RS logo can be found on the entry panels while the recesses of the door handles are now illuminated.

Exterior Design

Available either as an estate or as a saloon, 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift features a number of similarities with the non-RS version, but some sporty elements have been injected in order to create an Octavia worthy of the suffix.

For instance, the front end of the 2017 Octavia RS features a similar-looking radiator grille flanked by four adjacent headlights – forming a crystalline-like dual face. However, the grille and the headlights on the 2017 Octavia RS look wider and sportier than on the 2017 Octavia. Additionally, while LED units are optional on the 2017 Octavia, they are standard on the new Octavia RS and features Adaptive Front-lighting System.

One of the definitive exterior elements of the Octavia RS that set it apart from the non-RS version is the appearance of the lower front end. On the non-RS, the lower fascia, the front bumper and the side-mounted headlights are designed and laid out to exude elegance. On the Octavia RS, they are configured to convey dynamics and sportiness.


As the RS version of the Octavia, it is powered by more dynamic gasoline and diesel engines – a 2.0 TSI gasoline and a 2.0 TDI diesel engine. The 2.0 TSI powerplant delivers 230 hp (169 kW) of output and 350 Nm of torque, with power sent to the front wheels through manual six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG.

The Octavia RS 2.0 TSI could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h, while consuming 6.5 liters of gasoline per 100 km (combined and emitting 149 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

Meanwhile, the 2.0 TDI engine provides 184 hp (135 kW) of output and 380 Nm of torque, allowing the Octavia RS to sprint from nil to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 232 km/h. The Skoda Octavia RS 2.0 TDI could be availed as front-wheel drive unit -- with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmissions -- or as 4x4-wheel drive vehicle with six-speed DSG.

Press Release

ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS: The most powerful OCTAVIA of all time

Just weeks after introducing the extensively modernized ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the Czech automobile manufacturer presents the top model in the series – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. The new front section, modified rear and sporty interior Ambient highlight its dynamic character. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS is available as a saloon and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel engine has the same 135 kW (184 hp) output as previously, the performance of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine has increased by 7 kW (10 hp) to 169 kW (230 hp), making it the strongest and fastest series-production model in the history of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. New premium technologies supporting infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems emphasise the exceptional position of the compact sports car in its segment.
Dynamic design
The appearance of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS accentuates the extensively redeveloped design of the series in a particularly sporty and emotional way: The new front section with a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlamps featuring a crystalline look, and the even wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumpers are masculine and dynamic. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights integrated into the bumper shape the new front end. At the rear, the saloon’s spoiler and the estate’s roof spoiler set independent accents.

The rear is dominated by a powerful black diffuser element and broad red reflector lamp above. These elements are unmistakable characteristics of the upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. In addition, the model now features LED-technology license plate illumination and taillights in the classic C-design as standard.

The interior of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS is characterized by the sporty black interior. The RS-Sport seats provide plenty of lateral support thanks to high sides and integrated headrests. In addition to the leather/fabric combination, the sports seats are now also available in an Alcantara version. The multi-function sports steering wheel (for DSG gearbox with shift paddles) has a perforated leather crown. Ambient lighting comes as standard. The recesses of the door handles are illuminated, the pedals shine in an aluminium finish, and the entry panels bear the RS logo. ŠKODA-typical ‘Simply-Clever’ solutions include an umbrella under the passenger seat and a removable LED lamp in the boot of the estate.

Chassis, technology, engines
The 15 mm lower sports suspension and the rear track, 30 mm wider than the predecessor, as well as the red brake callipers underline the dynamic character of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. 17-inch wheels are available as standard, while 18- or 19-inch wheels are available as an option. On request, 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available in silver. Progressive steering, Performance Mode Select with Performance Sound Generator (option), the stability program ESC with electronic cross barrier XDS+ and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) add to the intensive driving pleasure of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. DCC allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal or Sport modes.

The new engine of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TSI provides 169 kW (230 hp) and has a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. The front-wheel drive sports model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. The model’s top speed is 250 km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 6.5 litres per 100 km (149 g CO2/km; all values: saloon with manual transmission). As standard, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TSI is equipped with a manual 6-speed manual gearbox, optionally with a 6-speed DSG.

In the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TDI, a diesel engine with an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and a maximum torque of 380 Nm from 1,750 rpm ensures acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 232 km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 4.5 l/100 km (119 g CO2/km, all values: saloon with manual transmission). The ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TDI is available either with front-wheel drive (manual or 6-speed DSG) or 4×4-wheel drive and 6-speed DSG.

Infotainment and ŠKODA Connect
As all versions in the series, the current ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS features the latest generation of infotainment systems. The capacitive touch displays are designed in glass (except for the series music system Swing). The top version is the navigation system Columbus with a 9.2-inch monitor, WLAN hotspot and optional LTE module.

Driver assistance systems
The wide range of driver assistance systems in ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS sets new standards in the compact class. New features include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect, which warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot, and Rear Traffic Alert, which monitors side and rear traffic when leaving a parking space. The Crew Protect Assist closes windows and sunroofs in the event of an imminent accident, tightens driver and passenger seatbelts and works in conjunction with the improved Front Assist including city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection.

The abbreviation RS was first used for racing cars in 1974, and has been used for the top sporty versions in the ŠKODA model range since the year 2000. To date, more than 200,000 ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS models have been sold worldwide, of which 100,000 units of the third generation that was launched in 2013.

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