Geneva Motor Show 2017: Skoda Octavia RS 245 Unveiled

In February, Skoda introduced us to the very exciting Octavia RS 245. In March, the car finally made its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show 2017 in all its glory. The new Skoda Octavia RS 245 is the quickest-ever factory made Octavia to be built by the Czech automaker. Featuring a 2.0 litre TSI engine under the hood, the Octavia RS 245 can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in mere 6.6 seconds – making it one heck of a ride.

As well as being the quickest, Skoda says that the RS 245 is also the most powerful factory-made road-going Octavia ever. As the name suggests, the car's 2.0 litre TSI engine belts out 245 PS (242 bhp) and develops a peak torque of 370 Nm. Internationally, the motor comes mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. To put things into perspective, the new RS 245 makes an addition 15 bhp and 20 Nm of torque compared to its predecessor - the Skoda Octavia RS 230. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph.

Skoda has used its special sports chassis in the making of the new Octavia RS 245, which has lowered the body by 15 mm and its rear track is 30 mm wider than that of its predecessor. The RS 245 also comes with ESC stability system with Sport mode, as well as the electronically regulated VAQ limited-slip differential that emphasises the car's dynamic character.

In terms of looks, the new Skoda Octavia RS 245 comes with a wider radiator grille and the wide honeycomb air inlets in the redesigned bumper up front. The car also receives a gloss-black treatment for several exterior bits like the grille, frame trim and the even for the sporty 19-inch alloy wheels. The new headlights have been designed in line with Skoda's new crystalline design language and feature LED technology and the adaptive front light system (AFS) all of which comes as standard. The fog lights, tail lights and number plate illumination also feature LED technology and a crystalline look.

As for the cabin, the new Skoda Octavia RS 245 comes with all-black interior with deep red accents. The car gets race-style bucket seats with the RS logo. Included with the 245 is a long list of cabin technology and driver assist programmes. The car is offered with a 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system and wi-fi connectivity. Voice control and inductive smartphone charging technology top the list options, while the Skoda connect app enables users to control features such as windows and door locks via their phone.

Added to the vRS is adaptive cruise control technology and Trailer Assist, which can steer and brake the car when reversing with a trailer. There’s also emergency braking technology to avoid impacts with obstacle and pedestrians, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert and Crew Protect Assist, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending collision and tensions driver and passenger seatbelts.

The price of the RS is set to increase slightly on the old 230, which costed from £25,130 for the saloon and £26,330 for the estate.