After going under some serious facelift, Skoda Auto finally unveils the 2017 Octavia model. Still, speculations of an RS version continue to emerge even after the revamped Octavia show no signs of RS trims and AWD layout. Good thing, early renderings show an RS look courtesy of X-Tomi Design. Rumours are also spreading about a Diesel RS model entering its production around April or May next year.
Amidst all the rumours, one thing’s for sure, the RS 245 model will be worth the wait. This sport variant should at least come with a 245hp 2.0L engine and will be mated with either 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch AT gearbox. Current versions of the Octavia RS come in 226.54hp 2L petrol, 217.16hp 2L TSI petrol and 180.97hp 2L Diesel engines. As we wait for things to unfold, let us explore the best possible Octavia RS rendering we’ve seen so far.
As you can see, X-Tomi Design created a blacked out grille design, a black painted roof with side mirror casings also in black. The rendered auto comes in metallic Race blue colour, which we think is a superb choice for an RS model.
Interestingly, the 19-inch set of wheels is taken from the Superb Sportline trims. Much of this is probably inspired by the existing RS version just like the front grille. But at least we can somehow picture a much better RS with this mock-up. The split headlamps are also exceptional. So we can expect a slightly enhanced rear bumper to go with it along with modified taillights and maybe an optional LED for the headlamps.
As for its interiors, the RS version will likely come with LED ambient lighting, heated steering wheel, two folding tables, upgraded instrument cluster and a larger touch screen display with the most advanced infotainment system available.
Aside from this, rumours about Laurin and Klement, Style, Ambition and Active trims are heating up as well. As a matter of fact, these versions are expected to go on sale at the end of the year. Early interpretations of the L&K and Style trims are also spreading, and they all look incredible, by the way.
The Skoda Octavia RS has been marketed successfully in the previous years. We wonder why Bernhard Maier now has doubts about its feasibility. Needless to say, the possibility of an Octavia RS is almost inevitable considering there are existing versions already such as the RS 230 and RS 220. Perhaps, the only thing we only need to watch out for is the final outcome of the RS 245 model.