New Škoda Octavia on the way

Details of Škoda’s new high powered Octavia RS model have been revealed and when the car makes its debut in Irish showrooms from this May, it will come at a price of €34,450.

The Octavia RS enjoys something of a cult following in Ireland and has been a huge success for the brand here.

Now in its third generation, the new Octavia RS sports a completely new front section with an even wider grille.

New LED headlights replace the Xenon lights and LED technology also powers the rear tail lights as well as providing illumination for the registration plate.

The front light arrangement gives the Octavia a new and more aggressive styling. Compared to the standard Octavia, the RS squats 15mm lower and can be fitted at each corner with wheels of up to 19 inches in diameter.

The rear wheels track has been increased by 30mm, compared to the previous version, for improved road holding and cornering ability. The interior has also been refreshed with new seating upholsteries and instrument cluster.

The Octavia RS will be powered by the familiar 2.0 TDI, 184 bhp diesel unit which is extremely versatile and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or DSG transmission. A DSG 4x4 version is also available and the RS is also offered in a Combi Estate version.

Speaking at the launch of the RS in Vienna, Cathal Kealey, PR Manager, Škoda Ireland, said: “We are really excited about the next generation of Octavia RS models. Incredibly, the outgoing Octavia was the fourth bestselling car in Ireland for the first three months of this year.

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