Apart from the Octavia RS 245, Skoda also showcased the BS-VI versions of the Kodiaq and Rapid and debuted the new Superb facelift at the Auto Expo 2020.
On 3rd December 2019, Zac Hollis (Director Sales, Service & Marketing at Škoda Auto India Private Ltd) set the Octavia RS fan community on fire (symbolically) by a tweet indicating that 200 units of the mighty Octavia RS 245 are India-bound. And today, on the opening day of the 2020 Auto Expo, Skoda announced the price of the performance sedan – a significantly higher ₹35.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). More importantly, the bookings will open on 1st March at 12 pm, while the deliveries are expected to begin the following month.
It's worth mentioning that India will get the outgoing version of the Euro-spec Octavia RS. It still features the same 2.0-litre TSI unit as before, albeit in a higher state of tune. It’s good for 242bhp and 370Nm of torque – 15bhp and 20Nm more than its predecessor. As a result, the RS 245 goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.6sec – 0.2sec quicker than before. It still comes with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
Shifting the focus to BS-VI transition, Skoda revealed the first-ever petrol version of the Kodiaq SUV. Until now, the Kodiaq was only up for grabs with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine option. But now, Skoda will sell the Kodiaq exclusively with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol motor. The same motor, in the same state of tune (187bhp & 320Nm), also powers the new Superb facelift that marked its Indian debut today at the Auto Expo 2020. Skoda has also extended the life-span of the Rapid in India by replacing the erstwhile 1.6-litre MPI unit with a BS-VI compliant 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol unit.