Upcoming Skoda Octavia RS to use hybrid power

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Words: Nile Bijoux
8 Oct 2018

The first Skoda to deploy electrical assistance will be the Superb facelift, due next year. Next up will be the Kodiaq, and now we can add the Octavia RS to the line-up.

Christian Strube, member of the Skoda board of management for technical development, recently described the latest Octavia as a good option for hybrid power, singling the RS version out in particular.

At the moment, the Octavia RS 245 model uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine good for 169kW/350Nm. While electrifying the powertrain will make the car heavier, the performance gain should be enough to offset the weight. We tested the 245 and found it to clip 100km/h in 6.44 seconds, which would be improved with electrification thanks to the boost in low-end torque.

Strube mentioned the powertrain will likely be based on the Vision RS kit, which combines a turbocharged 1.5-litre gasoline engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 179kW. He didn’t reveal any details about the amount of torque.

Meanwhile, Strube is keen on an RS variant for the Rapid replacement, and Skoda is planning fully-electric RS-badged models for the longer run.

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