A mysterious Skoda Octavia Combi RS prototype was spotted, hinting at a possible more powerful version.

A mysterious Skoda Octavia Combi RS prototype was spotted, hinting at a possible more powerful version.

More than a month ago we heard a rumor about Skoda's intentions to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 130 RS by launching a limited-run Octavia RS offering 280 PS (206 kW) which would make it a full 60 PS (44 kW) more powerful than the standard RS. That rumor might materialize as an interesting Octavia Combi RS prototype was spied featuring Audi TT RS-sourced wheels and red brake calipers.

It will basically be Skoda's version of the yet unreleased 300 PS all-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf R Variant but the Czech product is expected to have a front-wheel drive layout and 20 PS (15 kW) less power coming from the same 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine also powering the Seat Leon Cupra 280. A limited-slip differential and a quad exhaust setup could be offered while the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run should be completed in around 6 seconds taking into account the standard Octavia RS needs 6.8 seconds.

The car could be unveiled late November at the Essen Motor Show as back in 2008 at the same venue Skoda brought an Octavia RS+ but that never made it as a production model.

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