Skoda to Launch ‘everyday sports car’ RS (Rally Sport) in India

After the successful launch of its new Laura and Superb in the “C plus” and “D” segments, respectively (both premium segments), the Czech carmaker, Skoda is readying another exciting launch for India, the new RS (Rally Sport) — the sports icon of all Skoda cars

2009-skoda-octavia-rs-3 The FaceLifted 2009 Skoda Octavia RS

The RS will possibly be available here in two variants: With a 2.0-L TSI engine with 200 PS on tap and a 2.0-L TDI oil burner that churns out 170 PS, which means more power for the buck.

Acc to Ashutosh Dixit, senior GM (sales & network development), SkodaAuto India

“The appeal of the RS lies in the fact that it is an everyday sports car i.e. you can enjoy the space of a four-door family car as well as go full throttle when you desire speed.”

The new RS will be based on the 160-PS Laura (known as the Octavia abroad and already the fastest car in its class here) platform and will have sporting cues in its interior and exterior design. It will have a lower drag coefficient (read better aerodynamics), sports suspension and a new sporty body kit. This comes on the back of the fast 4-wheel drive 3.6-L 260-PS V6 Superb that Skoda launched in India recently.

The RS will be available for sale here only after the launch of the Yeti, SkodaAuto’s soft roader. But company officials have confirmed that it will soon be showcased in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.

In fact, SkodaAuto is the only company to have had a true-blue “sports” version of its regular sedans here. Also known as the RS, the turbocharged 1781-cc car spewed 150 PS, which was much more than what a “normal” Skoda Octavia produced.

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