Other than the custom 19-inch wheels and stiffer sports suspension dropping the ride height by 20 millimeters, this seems to be a pretty much standard Skoda Octavia RS facelift in the more practical Combi specification. That’s because most of the magic has occurred in the engine bay where the turbocharged, four-cylinder gasoline engine no longer develops the stock 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque.


Thanks to ABT’s bespoke engine control module, the TSI unit used by Skoda and shared with many other models from the Volkswagen empire has been tuned to deliver a healthy 315 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). No word about performances at this point, but it goes without saying it’s quicker than the regular Octavia RS as a result of the generous 85 hp and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) bump in output.

We can imagine that for some people, this could serve as a perfect substitute for those wanting a Skoda Octavia equivalent of the 300-hp SEAT Leon ST Cupra taking into account the RS range tops out with the 245-hp model. It seems highly unlikely the hot wagon from Czech Republic will gain more power in its current iteration, unless there will be something along the lines of a special edition with a hefty premium.

Another alternative for those in need of a compact wagon from VAG with at least 300 hp would have to be the 310-hp Golf R Variant, but that one is considerably more expensive and is offered exclusively with 4Motion. Sister brand SEAT from Spain will give you the possibility to pick from a manual, FWD version or an automatic, AWD setup for the Leon ST Cupra.

ABT is specialized in customizing VAG products and the most recent example is the Audi RS5 Coupe already boosted to a massive 510 hp.

Source: ABT

Gallery: Skoda Octavia RS Combi by ABT

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