2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 to blast into Geneva
The 2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245, the most powerful production Octavia ever, will get its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
THE SKODA OCTAVIA RS 245 has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It is the most-powerful Octavia in the brand’s history.
The new Octavia RS 245 offers 180kW which it more than 10kW up on the previous-generation model, and 370Nm of torque which will see it get to the legal limit (with a DSG) in 6.6 seconds (the wagon takes just one-tenth longer: 6.7), in manual trim the time drops to 6.4 and 6.5 seconds, respectively. It will be available with either a six-speed manual or new seven-speed DSG.
The Octavia RS 245 sits 14mm lower and its rear track is 38mm wider than that of the predecessor. The “ESC stability system with Sport mode, as well as the electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential” are also part of the standard equipment. Only, what the Skoda Octavia RS 245 has is ‘brake traction control’, the system monitors the relative wheel speeds of the two front wheels, and when one of them is spinning more than it should – allowing for the turning angle, throttle position, yaw rate and so on – then the computers lightly apply the brakes to that spinning wheel, which has the effect of increasing torque to the other wheel which has better traction. The “EDL” system works in a straight line and on corners. It cannot lock the front differential, which is why it is mis-named.
In terms of looks, the Octavia RS 245 features the new face of the brand, and the new front section with wider radiator grille and the wide honeycomb air inlets. The slats on the radiator grille and the trim that frames it both come in gloss-black. The redesigned headlight clusters in a crystalline look feature full-LED technology and AFS adaptive front headlights as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology and a crystalline appearance. 19-inch gloss black alloys round out the package.
The cabin is similarly enhanced with sports seats in the front getting RS embossing and aluminium pedals, as well as the choice of a big 9.2-inch touchscreen for infotainment and communications
Safety is an important element of the RS 245 getting things like Trailer Assist (which steers and brakes the car and trailer when reversing), Predictive Pedestrian Protection (which brakes in the event of an impending collision with pedestrians) as a component of Front Assist, Blind Spot Detect (which warns of any vehicles in the blind spot), Rear Traffic Alert (its rear sensors warn the driver of approaching traffic when reversing out of parking spaces), Manoeuvre Assist (which brakes the vehicle as soon as the sensor detects an obstacle when moving forwards or reversing) and Crew Protect Assist (which closes the windows and sunroof in the event of an impending collision and tensions driver and passenger seatbelts). Crew Protect Assist works in conjunction with Front Assist including the City Emergency Braking function.
Australian delivery dates and prices haven’t been revealed, but we should know more after the Geneva Motor Show reveal next month.