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2018 Skoda Octavia RS gains 180kW tune, loses manual

By Chris Thompson, 03 Sep 2018 News

2018 Skoda Octavia RS gains 180kW loses manual news

Aussies’ lack of interest in manuals and penchant for plush specs leads to line-up change

Skoda Australia has announced it will drop the 180kW engine from the RS245 into its lower spec 2018 Skoda Octavia RS  going forward.

In addition to this, Skoda has dropped the manual gearbox in line with VW as changes to the WLTP mean emissions are tested differently now.

The higher-powered turbo four is also to be joined by the limited-slip differential from the RS245, meaning each variant will share the same drivetrain.

The RS245 will now be most easily distinguished on a specs sheet by its adaptive dampers, keyless entry and start-up, and a suite of additional comfort and convenience features.

Skoda Australia Director Michael Irmer says Australians’ tendency to aim for the top of the range was the also part of the driving force behind the decision.

"Skoda Octavia customers almost always express a preference for highly-optioned petrol engine cars," Irmer says.

"Since the availability last year of the RS245 with its enhanced drivetrain, Octavia RS buyers have gravitated to this, the most potent variant to date."

In addition, a spokesperson tells MOTOR the Octavia RS245 Wagon is currently the most popular variant.

These changes also bring about alterations to the pricing for the Octavia. The Octavia RS sedan now costs $39,990, down from $41,390, while the wagon is priced at $41,490, down from $42,890.

Pricing for the Octavia RS245 also comes down slightly, by $400 each variant, with the sedan now $45,490 and the wagon at $46,990.

A luxury pack comes in at $2,800 and adds ‘Suedia’ and Leather upholstery, electric and heated seats, and extra driver assists.