Hi. Bob Aldons from Car Business on the Job about the recently announced Skoda Octavia RS 230. This limited edition manual only car is in their own words “about rewarding Skoda enthusiasts”. Only 70 examples of the RS 230 are available presently, but Skoda M/D Michael Irmer is looking at more product if the first lot go as well as he thinks.
Skoda is owned by the Volkswagen Group but has kept under the radar with VW’s “dieselgate” issue. The RS 230 compares to Volkswagen’s own Golf GTI in performance terms, but receives unique interior and exterior treatment befitting a limited edition.
Follows the Skoda’s press release about the new RS 230 released today, November 10th 2016
- Most potent production Octavia
- Limited edition manual only
- 169kW and a limited slip differential
Sydney, 10 November 2016 – ŠKODA Australia brings its Octavia RS range to full throttle with the RS 230.
The most powerful production Octavia to date, the RS 230 embellishes the already highly-praised Octavia RS with a stronger engine, unique styling, and the latest comfort and technology offerings from ŠKODA.
The RS is ŠKODA Australia’s best-selling Octavia, comprising 40 per cent of all Octavia sales. Recent comparison tests have seen the wagon variant smash its immediate competitor four sets to nil.
ŠKODA Australia Managing Director Michael Irmer said that this limited edition had been obtained with a view to rewarding enthusiasts.
“The RS 230 has more power, a stronger spread of torque and – of course – a slick six-speed manual,” Mr Irmer said. “We have obtained 70 in both sedan and wagon form so far, but are looking to secure more.
“Consider this also a preview of future editions of the Octavia RS.”
The RS 230 – so designated for its horsepower – packs a 169kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, enabling a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds.
This power is underlined by advanced driver controls: The RS 230 is the first ŠKODA to be fitted with electronically controlled front axle inter-wheel lock (VAQ). VAQ allows the driver to direct 100 per cent of the power to one front wheel, providing the vehicle with more traction and grip to exit a corner. This in combination with electromechanical, progressive power steering produces an effortlessly agile ride.
Drivers can also customise their vehicle’s handling characteristics at the push of a button with standard Driving Mode Selection in the RS 230. The four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual) each optimise features to their corresponding driving styles
The RS 230’s styling speaks to its ferocity on the road. Glossy black design elements give the vehicle a fierce and striking look, including the 19” Xtreme alloy wheels, rear spoiler, door mirrors, front grille and exhaust tailpipe. The black exhaust tailpipe and the rear spoiler are exclusive to the Octavia RS 230, as is a lap timer function in the car’s colour multifunction display. The interiors match the car’s sporty exteriors: the RS 230 features black leather-appointed sports seats with red stitching, a 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel encased in perforated leather with red stitching and a bespoke RS plaque, RS inscriptions in the door sill strips, and stainless steel foot pedals with rubber inserts to prevent slipping when performing complex driving manoeuvres. The RS 230’s distinctive design elements set it apart as a truly special limited edition model for the fans.
Yet, the RS 230 does not sacrifice comfort and practicality in the pursuit of performance. Its sport seats are electrically adjustable with memory function, which allows drivers to store their favoured seating positions in their car’s memory and return to those positions at the press of a button. The seats are also specially designed with great lateral support to maximise the ergonomic comfort of the occupant. The RS 230 also comes standard with Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual-Zone Climatronic Air Conditioning and an 8” touchscreen Columbus infotainment unit with satellite navigation and Smartlink (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto) connectivity.
In addition, an optional Tech Pack offers drivers the opportunity to furbish their RS 230s with advanced driver assistance systems: Automatic Parking Assist, Lane Assist and keyless entry and
start. The Tech Pack will also delight music lovers with the Premium German Canton sound system, which features 10 loudspeakers and a digital equaliser. Priced at an all-inclusive $1,700 (RRP), the Tech Pack saves 40 per cent in the total value of its individual components and represents a strong value equation.
ŠKODA Australia is offering the highly exclusive limited-edition Octavia RS 230 manual as a sedan from $41,490 (RRP) and as a wagon from $43,190 (RRP). With these two variants available to fit all lifestyles, plus bespoke styling, upgraded tech and a powerful 169kw engine, the Octavia RS 230 is a car designed to delight any motoring enthusiast.
Customers can rest assured with their investment in a ŠKODA vehicle. ŠKODA Australia offers options of three- or five-year Care Packs, Service Packs, extended factory warranty and ŠKODA Choice, which guarantees the future value of your vehicle. Almost half of ŠKODA finance buyers year-to-date have opted for ŠKODA Choice – a testament to the value, security and peace of mind offered by the program.
- is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars.
- currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Kodiaq, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
- has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
- operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mai
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