2006 Skoda Octavia RS review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 11 March 2006 , 22:03:43 byEmil

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Skoda Octavia RS

The Skoda RS line has a new model, the Octavia RS, a model capable of developing 200 BHP and 280 Nm of torque. This is actually the most powerful and fast Skoda in standard production, being able of delivering 240 km/h and speeding from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. Under the hood it features a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged petrol engine that makes the model a very dynamic car. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The driving has been improved thanks to the lowered sports chassis. The Octavia RS has a comfortable and spacious interior and a huge luggage compartment making the car eminently suitable for a family holiday. The Octavia RS cars are not only for driving safely at high speeds, but are perfectly suited to the needs of everyday life.

"The King Is Dead, Long Live The King" - the sporty Skoda RS line has a new supreme model. 147 kW (200 bhp), 280 Nm from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm, 240 km/h, these are figures for the most powerful and rapid Skoda in standard production. The new Skoda Octavia RS is here.

HIGHLIGHTS

+ Sports tradition. The Octavia RS is another sports model from Skoda with a tradition dating back as far as the middle of the 1930's.
+ Two body specifications. The RS model is available both as a hatchback and an estate.
+ Outstanding driving pleasure. A maximum speed of 240 km/h (238 km/h for the estate), acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (estate 7.5 s) are figures that will speed up the pulse rate of many drivers.
+ Powerful engine. The RS model comes with the 2.0 TFSI turbocharged petrol engine producing 147 kW (200 bhp) and torque of 280 Nm available over a wide range of revs from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm making it an incredibly dynamic car.
+ Unique sound. A modified exhaust system with a particularly sporty sound that enhances the car's dynamic appearance has been developed for the RS model.
+ Six-gear transmission. A six-gear manual transmission, which transmits the output to the wheels smoothly and cleanly so that all the engine's exhilarating characteristics can be used, is standard.
+ Modified chassis. The RS model has very lively driving characteristics because of its lowered sports chassis.
+ Sporting appearance. The front and rear bumper with an integrated spoiler, the rear bumper with "Cat's eyes" reflectors, the spoiler on the fifth door (on the hatchback), Zenith 17" alloy wheels, the chrome plated double tailpipe all distinguish the RS model from standard cars.
+ Sports interior. Sports seats in a black-silver combination, "Alu-Look" RS trim on the instrument panel and door panels, an original three-spoke steering wheel, black ceiling upholstery are some of the features that help to produce just the right interior atmosphere.
+ RS even in details. The unique and exclusive character of the car is emphasised by many details that are inherent to the RS model, such as green brake callipers and the RS emblem on the radiator grill, fifth door, steering wheel, front and rear seats.
+ Exclusivity. "Zenith" 18" alloy wheels (available as an option) and the completely new "Race Blue" and "Sprint Yellow" (from 2006) metallic colours are exclusively for Octavia RS models.
+ Useful RS. Although the Octavia RS is definitely a car full of emotions and passion, its comfortable interior, spacious luggage compartment and engine characteristics make it a useful and full-value vehicle for everyday use.


WORLD DEBUT: SKODA OCTAVIA RS


When the new Skoda Octavia was presented last spring the majority of professionals immediately asked if and when its RS sports version would be launched. This was just a natural response from both journalists and customers to the more dynamic shapes of the new model and the fame and positive evaluations of the preceding generation Octavia RS.

Excellent engine, lowered chassis, sports charisma but still a useful family car. These are just some of the opinions of Skoda RS cars. And this is precisely how the new Octavia RS, which is based on these traditions, is - lively, fast, dynamic, safe, comfortable and at the same time useful. A powerful engine producing 147 kW (200 bhp) together with a six-gear transmission and a perfectly adjusted sports chassis will make the adrenaline flow every time the accelerator is pressed. The Octavia RS has a comfortable and spacious interior and a huge luggage compartment making the car eminently suitable for a family holiday.

THE RS AT FIRST GLANCE - EXTERIOR DESIGN


"From the race circuit directly to the road". This is exactly the feeling that the new Octavia RS produces. With the exclusive Race Blue colour the vehicle is ready to excite all your senses. Certainly, it is the Skoda Octavia, but first of all it is the RS car!

Unequivocal design: the most frequently mentioned topics are a dynamic character and speed. Lowered sports chassis, agile appearance, a front and rear bumper with an integrated spoiler, a rear bumper with "Cat's eyes" reflectors, a spoiler on the fifth door (on the hatchback), Zenith 17" alloy wheels - these are clearly distinguishing features of the RS exterior design.

Nothing disturbs the harmonious and smooth lines - the door handles, mirrors and protective side strips are in the body colour and the new sports bumpers do not have black protective strips. The front section is dominated by the robust bumper with an integrated spoiler, round fog lamps and a large air inlet in the centre. Another distinguishing feature of the front section is the projector halogen headlamps. These lamps use an optical system rather than a reflector to disperse light on the road, like xenon headlights, which are available as an option.

The rear section is dominated by the new bumper with a spoiler and "Cat's eyes" - clearly visible reflectors which further emphasise the dynamic design of the car and improve its visibility, e.g. at night. In addition the car has a double high quality metal tailpipe. The hatchback has an eye-catching fifth door spoiler (an elegant spoiler is standard for the "normal" estate). The entire rear section produces an emotional but at the same time balanced impression - and this is the view other drivers will get most frequently of the Octavia RS.

The design of a sports car must include attractive wheels - and the Zenith 17" alloy wheels are just that highlighting the sporty nature and overall dynamic character of the car. And for true admirers of "swift wheels" Zenith 18" wheels are available as an option. The green disc brake callipers are clearly visible through the spokes of the wheel displaying another typical feature of Skoda RS sports models.

In addition to the new exclusive Race Blue and Sprint Yellow (from 2006) colours the Octavia RS and Skoda Octavia Combi RS are available in three other attractive colours - silver-diamond metallic, Corrida Red and Magic Black with pearl effect.

The image of the new model with the winged arrow logo is enhanced by the newly designed RS emblem on the fifth door and the radiator grill.

ON A WAVE OF EMOTIONS FOR THE RS - SPORTS INTERIOR


The interior also clearly demonstrates where the Octavia RS belongs - its sports atmosphere emanates from every detail. An original combination of black and silver, leather and fabric together with the "Alu-Look" trim give the car its exclusive character.

The new black-silver sports seats with the RS logo support the body perfectly, just as it should be in a true sports car. And an ergonomic three-spoke leather steering wheel is an integral part of every sports car. Total control in all situations is essential in a vehicle like the RS and the driver must always be able to hold the steering wheel firmly therefore certain parts of the steering wheel rim are in embossed leather to give a perfect grip. A plaque with the RS emblem further enhances the general impression of the car, as do many other items such as "Alu-Look" trim on the instrument panel and door panels, black ceiling upholstery, removable mats with silver triming and silver data on the instruments, all helping to give the car its unique character. The leather gear lever is decorated with a new plaque with a matt silver finish especially for the RS model. In addition the door sills with the RS emblem and pedals with metal covers increase the feeling of power and speed.

Octavia RS cars are not only for driving safely at high speeds but are perfectly suited to the needs of everyday life. The interior has ample comfort and room for all occupants in addition to various storage compartments, useful boxes and smart details - just simply the Octavia model. Also the huge 560 l or 580 l (in the estate) luggage compartment shows that the Skoda Octavia RS is a flexible and unique vehicle. This model is a perfect solution for those looking for sports driving but at the same time need the comfort and characteristics of a family car.

THE PLEASURE OF DRIVING WITH STANDARD EQUIPMENT - STANDARD AND OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT


RS cars are the answer for anyone looking for an original car that stands out from the crowd. Features that make the Skoda Octavia RS a unique vehicle include its design, characteristics and standard equipment - for example four airbags, ABS, tilt and rake-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, central locking with remote control, onboard computer, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, Climatic air conditioning, Stream radio with CD player and, as a bonus, an outstanding driving experience.

A wide range of optional equipment shows that the Skoda Octavia RS is not a car of compromises and limited choices. The optional equipment includes curtain airbags, ESP, Climatronic two-zone air conditioning, cruise control, heated front seats, xenon headlights, rain sensor, electrochromatic rear view and door mirrors, phone preparation, radios and navigation systems.

200 BHP UNDER THE BONNET - THE 2.0 TFSI/147 KW ENGINE


The heart of the Octavia RS is the powerful TFSI 2.0 l engine producing 147 kW (200 bhp). This engine with direct injection has an incredible torque of 280 Nm which is moreover available from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. This takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 240 km/h (estate: 7.5 s and 238 km/h). It complies with EU 4 and has a combined consumption of only 7.8 l per 100 kilometres. A manual six-gear transmission which perfectly matches the engine's characteristics and has precise and smooth movements is standard.

The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine is the very first turbocharged petrol engine where the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber. The injectors on the cylinder head work with a pressure of up to 11 MPa (110 bar), compared with a pressure of approximately 0.4 MPa (4 bar) of standard injection into the intake manifold. Two balancing shafts rotating in opposite directions help to make the engine smooth.

The 2.0 TFSI uses only an homogenously distributed air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber providing the maximum response at every point along the broad engine-revolution band. The engine has inlet duct geometry modified from that of the 2.0 FSI engine, producing even higher tumble values. This solution gives the four-valve turbo engine a compression ratio of 10.5:1, a figure that is otherwise usually achieved only by naturally-aspirated engines. The turbocharger coupled with the sophisticated direct petrol injection system play a crucial role in boosting the thermodynamic efficiency compared with both manifold injection engines and conventional turbo engines.

EVERY BEND IS A CHALLENGE - THE BODY AND THE CHASSIS


Each bend is a challenge for the Octavia RS - every part and component has been designed to transform the engine's output into the joy and pleasure of driving.

The body has been braced with special reinforcements to increase the torsion strength. The chassis has been appropriately adjusted - it has 12 mm lower clearance and modified shock absorbers and springs. And the result? Agile and extraordinary driving characteristics and outstanding steering control, simply the RS in all situations.

ABS including EBD, MBA, EBC and ASR which help the efficient brakes to keep control of the two hundred horse power under the bonnet is standard. Larger brake discs with inner cooling on all wheels and green callipers are the logical answer to the exhilarating output of this car. Standard tyre pressure monitoring - TPM also helps to increase the high standard of active safety.

The ESP electronic stability programme is an option for Octavia RS and Octavia Combi RS (standard on selected markets). Vehicles with the ESP system also have:
ABS - Anti-lock Braking System;
EBD - Electronic Brake force Distribution (between the axles);
HBA - Hydraulic braking assistant;
EBC - Engine Braking Control;
EDL - Electronic differential lock;
ASR - Traction control system;
ESBS - Extended driving stability system;
DSR - (Driver Steering Recommendation) active steering support.