Škoda has made the sporty RS green with the option of a Plug-in Hybrid. Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing and Product at Škoda Ireland, said; “This Octavia RS is available as a hatchback or an estate and powered by state-of-the-art engines running on petrol, diesel or even electricity with our plug-in hybrid.”
RS models have been at the top of the Octavia family for several generations. The Škoda Octavia RS iV, Škoda first-ever RS model to feature plug-in hybrid drive, is now followed by powerful diesel and petrol engine variants. For the first time, the Octavia RS is offered with a choice of three powertrains. The 2.0 TDI produces 200hp and will be offered in front-wheel drive only. The petrol powered 2.0 TSI has an output of 245hp, front wheel drive, is aided by an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The most interesting addition to the range is the 245hp Octavia iV plug-in hybrid. The Octavia RS iV hybrid unit has a 13kWh battery. This battery can power an all-electric (motor) or combined drive. During regenerative braking and in charging mode, energy recovered is stored in this battery. The iV has an electric-only range of up to 60km, making the PHEV a very feasible commuter.
Škoda says the RS diesel version is available to order now and is expected to account for the volume of sales in 2021. It has an on-the-road price of €42,310 for the hatchback. The RS iV (PHEV) will start from €39,815 on the road (inclusive of the €5,000 SEAI grant). RS iV models will not be available to order until January at the earliest. Škoda is cautious concerning the availability of their RS iV and is advising customers to expect delivery in June due to excessive demand for this variant globally.