Motor show premiere for the SKODA Octavia RS 4×4


›ŠKODA extends its RS range with an attractive all-wheel-drive variant

›Octavia RS 2.0 TDI/135 kW with all-wheel drive and six-speed DSG transmission

›All-wheel-drive Octavia RS available as a hatchback and a Combi

›The perfect combination of power, sportiness and everyday practicality

›State-of-the-art all-wheel drive with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch

›Power: from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds; top speed of 228 km/h

›More comfort: adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and wireless smartphone charger

›Strong 4×4 troop: ten ŠKODA model variants with all-wheel drive within range

Mladá Boleslav/Geneva, 29 February 2016 – Strength, sportiness and emotion coupled with optimum functionality and generous space: the ŠKODA Octavia sets benchmarks in the sporty compact car segment. For the first time, ŠKODA is also offering the popular RS model as an all-wheel-drive variant. The ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 is celebrating its motor show premiere in Geneva. The all-wheel drive, based on an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, is available for the Octavia diesel 2.0 TDI/135 kW (184 PS) combined with six-speed DSG transmission. The adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and the integrated wireless smartphone charger, available for the first time in a ŠKODA, provide more comfort. This turns the ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 into an attractive power pack with maximum everyday practicality.


“The ŠKODA Octavia RS is a huge success; deliveries of our sporty hatchback and estate variants are greatly exceeding our expectations,” said Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “With the first all-wheel-drive Octavia RS, we are extending our RS range to include a new, very attractive top-level variant. This once again demonstrates our expertise with regards to all-wheel-drive technology,” said Strube.


Customers are excited about the third-generation ŠKODA Octavia RS, which was launched in the middle of 2013: to date (as at 31 January 2016), ŠKODA has delivered more than 71,800 vehicles. Since market launch of the first four-wheel-drive ŠKODA Octavia Combi in 1999, more than half a million 4×4 ŠKODAs have been sold. Available as a hatchback and an estate, the ŠKODA Octavia RS is both a sporty and extremely practical car. In addition, the top model within the Octavia range represents the brand’s 115 years of successful motorsport history.


In 2000, the first-generation Octavia RS was the first ŠKODA to be released to the market as a sporty RS model available to the public. Between 2000 and the end of January 2016, ŠKODA delivered approximately 226,400 first- to third-generation Octavia RS vehicles to customers.


Newly available with all-wheel drive, the ŠKODA Octavia RS is the perfect car for everyday life as well as leisure time, family life and work. A real all-rounder in almost all driving situations. Performance, technology and practicality are impressive, and acceleration values are excellent. As an attractive version with automatic dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and all-wheel drive, the Octavia RS 4×4 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 228 km/h (Combi: 7.7 seconds; 224 km/h). Maximum torque of 380 Nm is achieved between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. At the same time, the all-wheel drive consumes only 4.9 l of diesel per 100 km (Combi: 5.0 l/100 km). This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 129 g/km (Combi: 131 g/km).


The modern all-wheel drive provides excellent driving characteristics and impressive traction control on all surfaces. Modern all-wheel-drive technology based on the electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is used. Its torque distribution to all four wheels is always dependent on the situation. The wheels won’t spin even when pulling away or accelerating quickly. This not only provides impressive driving dynamics, it also leads to the highest levels of active safety.


The ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 also impresses with all of the great qualities that the front-wheel-drive Octavia RS has to offer. Technical highlights include the sports chassis with multi-link rear axle and electronic differential lock XDS+ for dynamic cornering, innovative progressive steering and adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC). DCC is used for the first time in the Octavia range and provides different driving characteristics depending on whether set to Normal, Comfort or Sport mode. The setting is altered using a button in the centre console. Driving Mode Select also features an Eco and Individual mode.


Numerous assistance systems for the highest levels of safety and comfort demonstrate the advanced technological level of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4. The new wireless smartphone charger is a particular highlight of the infotainment equipment. It connects the smartphone wirelessly to the car aerial and then charges via inductive coupling, using the Qi standard. Electricity flows from a coil in the bottom of Phone Box to the receiver coil in the smartphone.


Sporty design details, striking alloy wheels, an earthy extra sound providing a motorsport feel and a sporty interior underline the powerful appearance of the new ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4. In addition, all Octavia RS models are equipped with the same outstanding qualities offered by the ŠKODA Octavia: the highest levels of functionality, lots of space and excellent value for money.


The RS initials denote ŠKODA’s successes in motorsport as well as the high performance and passion represented by the brand. ŠKODA used the RS abbreviation as a model designation for the first time in 1974: the ŠKODA 180 RS and ŠKODA 200 RS rally cars are considered to be the original RS cars. In the 1970s and 1980s, the legendary ŠKODA 130 RS was one of the most successful rally cars of its time.


With the Octavia RS 4×4, ŠKODA is once again underlining its outstanding all-wheel-drive expertise. The manufacturer’s 4×4 range now consists of ten models or model variants: ŠKODA Octavia 4×4, Octavia Combi 4×4, Octavia RS 4×4, Octavia Combi RS 4×4, Octavia Scout, Yeti 4×4, Yeti Outdoor 4×4, Yeti Monte Carlo 4×4, Superb 4×4 and Superb Combi 4×4.


The ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 also demonstrates the wide range of the third-generation Octavia variants. Overall, ŠKODA now offers 13 variants of its bestseller: from the efficient Octavia GreenLine to the Octavia RS 230, the fastest Octavia of all time.

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