You may have heard about the boost that ABT Sportsline gave the Skoda Octavia RS. However, the changes are not as significant outwardly compared to what has been done on the engine. Well, it has received a new set of custom 19-inch wheels, and a stiffer sports suspension, lowering its overall height by 20 millimeters. But most of the magic happens under the hood.
The Octavia RS now has a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It used to have an output of only 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. What ABT did to Skoda’s TSI unit, which is the same as what many other Volkswagen models have received, is to bring out 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque. Because of the use of the bespoke engine control module, the model now offers an additional 85 horsepower and 74 lb-ft (100 Newton metres) from the standard model. This makes it perform much better as well; however, the tuner has not officially released its details.
Inside, it still comes with an infotainment system with electronic driver aids as well as safety features that come standard. Some of the safety features include adaptive light and front fog lights that work as cornering lights. The external and internal rear view mirrors have an auto-dimming function as well.
This ABT-tuned Skoda Octavia RS might be the perfect model for those who seek an Octavia that comes with as much power as the SEAT Leon ST Cupra with 300 horsepower. Take note that the RS range tops out with 245 horsepower. We are guessing that this may be the limit of the hot wagon from Czech Republic unless the company comes out with another special edition model with extra power.
In terms of competition, those who prefer a compact wagon from VAG that has an output of around 300 horsepower would consider the Golf R Variant that carries out 310 horsepower. But this model may be a little more expensive, and will likely come with 4Motion. On the other hand, their Spanish cousin SEAT, will be offering the Leon ST Cupra as either a manual front wheel drive or an automatic all-wheel drive.
We are well aware that a lot of ABT’s projects come from VAG. And one of their most recent works would be the Audi RS5 Coupe that was pushed to give out 510 horsepower. Having said all that, never judge a book by its cover. You’d be surprised at how much more power the Skoda Octavia RS has been given.