The Indian-spec performance-oriented car has received notable changes over the standard version, visually as well as technically. The subtle design changes feature a revised bumper, a butterfly grille with chrome outline and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside the car, the major attraction is the wrapping of seats with Alcantara leather, which provides a sporty look along with red stitching. Moreover, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is fitted at the center of the dashboard.
The India-bound sedan is the most powerful product from the automaker, thanks to the powerful engine mechanism under the hood. It is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 230 bhp against a peak torque of 350 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox to transmit the developed power to the front wheels. The car can accelerate from a standstill position to a speed of 100 kmph in just 6.8 seconds and records a top speed of 250 kmph.
The performance-spec version of the Skoda Octavia gets a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 230PS of power. The Skoda Octavia RS 230 is available in a single transmission option – a 6-speed DSG. Over the standard Octavia, the suspension has been updated too for better dynamics. In our road test impressions of the Skoda Octavia, we felt the engine, like most turbo-petrols from the VW Group is very rev happy and very linear. Throttle response is super quick too and, and the car leaps from standstill with a sense of urgency. It’s not scary though, just exciting.
On the safety front, the car is equipped with nine airbags, ESP and features like predictive pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, trailer assist and dynamic chassis control.