Skoda gets up to speed with RS230
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, the new Octavia RS230 is the latest addition to the Skoda range from the Czech car manufacturer.
Skoda's new special edition RS230 features a revamped racy exterior design with black elements, sporty interior, modern technology and more impressive power.
The car's top speed stands at 250km/ph (156mph), making the Skoda's Octavia RS230 the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time. Road holding has also been given a performance upgrade with a traction-boosting limited-slip differential standard on the model.
Available since 2013, the Octavia RS range has accounted for over 6pc of all Octavia vehicles sold.
The volume seller has been the 2.0,TDI 184bhp Diesel with the 2.0,TSI 220bhp petrol also featuring. The new 230 designation relates to the new RS special edition's horsepower, accelerating the car from 0 to 100km/ph in just 6.7 seconds via its new 230bhp two-litre petrol engine.
Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing for Skoda Ireland, said: "Many of us would love to drive a sporty, high performance vehicle but are disinclined to do so because we assume they are impractical, costly and expensive to run.
"The Octavia RS has always enjoyed a unique proposition discounting these myths. The car offers exceptional luggage and interior spaciousness and fuel economy from just 6.4 l/100km (44 mpg)."
The Irish launch of the Octavia RS special edition is set for July.
Prices have yet to be confirmed but are estimated to start from €36,500 for the Octavia 2.0 TSI 230bhp hatchback model.