The report indicating a possible demise of Skoda’s sporty RS models is turning out to be nothing more than hot air as in reality VW’s Czech brand is actually considering the exact opposite: adding more models to join the existing Octavia RS 220 and RS 230. The announcement was made by Skoda Australia Director, Michael Irmer, in an interview with the folks from Motoring during which he mentioned the company is evaluating the prospects of coming out with a Superb RS.
Should such a version come to life, it would obviously have to be more powerful and quicker than the current range-topping Superb fitted with the 2.0 TSI engine pushing out 280 horsepower (206 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. The meaty unit can be had only with the Style, Laurin & Klement, and Sportline trims exclusively with an all-wheel drive layout and a six-speed DSG. It enables the midsize liftback and wagon hit 62 mph (100 kph) in 5.8 seconds and max out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 kph).
A potential Superb RS should easily surpass the 300-hp mark and run the sprint in the low 5s to make it worthy of the badge and the premium that comes with it. Keep in mind the Octavia RS can also be had with a 2.0-liter TDI, so perhaps the Superb RS will also receive the diesel treatment if it will be green-lighted by Skoda’s execs.
Besides a powered-up, go-faster Superb, the brand new Kodiaq SUV is also a viable candidate to spawn a hot-flavored RS derivative, according to Werner Eichhorn, the company’s global sales and marketing board member. He said a Kodiaq RS is being analyzed to find out whether there’s a market big enough to justify its existence, while the return of the Fabia RS is being ruled out because it would be too expensive for people shopping in the B-segment.
Meanwhile, the Octavia RS facelift is expected to come out in the next few months and chances are it will be offered in RS 230 and RS 245 flavors to mirror the facelifted 230-hp VW Golf GTI and 245-hp Golf GTI Performance.
Source: Skoda via Motoring
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