Skoda is turning quite a lot of heads at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The reason: world debut of the most powerful production Octavia ever - the Octavia RS 245. With a 15PS bump in power from the last go-fast Octavia, the 2017 RS model gets a 0-100kmph time that can put bigger car to shame and a top speed which is enough to scare the living daylights out of regular drivers. Alongside the Octavia RS 245, Skoda is also showcasing the Kodiaq Scout, Kodiaq Sportline, Citigo, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback and Fabia with the new 1.0 TSI engine.
The Skoda Octavia RS 245 is based on the latest facelifted version of the executive sedan, which received mixed responses for the new front look with the split headlamps. But, since the RS is not about the way it looks, well, not entirely, it still looks like an exciting car for the people looking for a practical and affordable performance sedan.
It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine which belts out, as the name suggests, 245PS of power, making it the most powerful production Octavia ever. The torque output is 370Nm and the gearbox duties are performed by a 6-speed manual or a (for the first time in an Octavia) 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The result: the car propels from 0 to 100kmph in in 6.6 seconds and goes all the way to an electronically limited 250kmph.
Alongside the Octavia RS, Skoda has also premiered two variants of its latest SUV, the Kodiaq called the Kodiaq Scout and Kodiaq Sportline. The Scout focuses on the off-roading aspect of the SUV and gets an all-wheel-drive system as standard. Furthermore, it gets a distinguishing underbody protection at the front and rear, new 19-inch alloy wheels, and a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines.
If you prefer sporty looking SUVs rather than the rugged ones, you will quite like the Kodiaq Sportline. It gets a blacked-out grille, roof rails, ORVMs and tinted windows, a slim chrome strip on the rear bumper and sports seats with Alcantara covers inside. Like the Scout, the Sportline also gets four engine versions - two TSI petrol engines and two TDI diesels, with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 190PS.
The Kodiaq is expected to be launched in the country by October this year and will rival the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Trailblazer. Also, there are reports that the 2017 Octavia RS could come to the country. We certainly are waiting for the faster Octavia as the last one was skipped from the Indian portfolio. Fingers crossed.
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