Skoda has officially revealed the 2013 Octavia RS ahead of a public debut scheduled for July 10 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Shown in both sedan and combi body styles, the third-gen Octavia RS will be offered with a 220 HP (162 kW) 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engine taken from the Golf VII GTI and with a 184 HP (135 kW) 2.0-liter TDI borrowed from the Golf VII GTD.
Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, the TSI-powered Octavia RS will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h). The TDI variant needs 8.1 seconds until 62 mph and can achieve a maximum speed of 144 mph (232 km/h). Skoda is offering an optional six-speed DSG but they haven't released performance figures for this configuration yet.
As standard, the 2013 Skoda Octavia RS lineup comes with a sports suspension and a 12mm (13mm Combi) lowered ride height. Also standard is the electronic differential lock (XDS) built into the electronic stability control (ESC) for better traction and less understeer during high-speed cornering.
The cars can be equipped with one of the four wheel designs in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches while behind them will be red brake calipers. It looks slightly more aggressive than the standard models thanks to a revised front grille, different front/rear bumpers, honeycomb air intakes, chrome trapezoidal exhausts, black diffuser and a rear spoiler. The interior has leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, sports seats, new instrument panel, stainless steel sill plates and pedals, together with "RS" badging and a black trim.
Full details can be found in the attached press release.