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New Skoda Octavia RS 2021 detailed: Subaru WRX-rivalling Czech small car gains plug-in hybrid option

Though an electrified powertrain is available overseas, Skoda Australia’s Octavia RS will run with a 180kW/370Nm petrol engine.

Skoda has officially lifted the lid on its new-generation Octavia RS, headlined by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will not be made available in Australia.

Instead, local versions of the fourth-generation Octavia RS sedan and wagon will be served up with a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine – the same powertrain introduced to Australian cars in 2018 – with drive sent to the front wheels via seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

However, in overseas markets, the Octavia RS can also be optioned with a 180kW/400Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine and 85kW electric motor combo, similar to its VW Golf GTE cousin, that is paired to a six-speed DCT.

With a 13kWh lithium-ion battery installed, the new Octavia RS plug-in will also travel up to 60km in pure electric mode.

It is understood a diesel version will also come on stream, though the oil-burner is off the table for Australia.

In the plug-in Octavia RS, Skoda says 330Nm of torque is available off the line thanks to the electric motor, which helps the new model boogie from zero to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds, while its top speed is pegged at 225km/h.

On the outside, the new Skoda Octavia RS wears 18-inch wheels, red brake callipers, bodykit, and spoiler found on the bootlid for the sedan and roof for the wagon.

Inside, the Octavia RS mirrors its next-gen Octavia siblings, and features a digital instrument panel and large multimedia screen, however bespoke elements include a three-spoke sports steering wheel with paddle shifters for dual-clutch automatic—equipped versions, front sports seats with optional Alcantara trim and unique contrast stitching throughout the cabin.

Full spec and pricing details are expected closer to the new Octavia RS’ Australian launch in the first quarter of next year alongside the rest of the standard Skoda small-car range, but for reference, the current model kicks off at $39,990 before on-road costs.