“Sustainable” is the first term Skoda uses at the Geneva Motor Show to describe the all-new Octavia RS iV, not to make its debut yet. That can not be nice. But we already knew the Czech Republic’s hot liftback/wagon was making the transition to a hybrid plug-in powertrain.
This is perhaps the only disappointing news from the VW Group it month. As we shocked by the sister Cupra Leon brand promising 245, 300. With 310 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engines alongside this plug-in hybrid. And the current GTI does not have a hybrid molecule in its body.
Over the years the Octavia RS has offered different powertrains, beginning almost two decades ago with a 1.8 turbo back. We don’t know if a plug-in a bad idea, but it could since we never heard an RS owner say “boy, I just wish I had to charge my engine.”
The powertrain itself is exactly what we expected. A 1.4-liter turbo that produces 150 horsepower plus a 116 hp electric motor that can generate a combined torque of 245 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). However, it won’t be in all driving styles, just Speed.
The car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in about 7.3 seconds, which is similar to the 200 hp Octavia 2 RS when the RS iV accesses all its grunt. A RS 245 did the sprint in 6.6 seconds from last year. Same strength but worse results, how could it be? Okay, that’s mostly down to the weight.
The electric plug-in drive depends on a lithium-ion 13 kWh battery pack under the rear seats and trunk. This contributes about 200 kilograms in return for its EV range of 60 kilometers. The weight will not be publicly defined until the full launch. But the RS iV may have trimmed only a few of those kilos even though it uses a rear suspension multi-link.
Otherwise, the Skoda sports model is similar in dimension to the outgoing model but with an obvious design style. The angular headlights, wider grille, and taillights like Kodiaq are all easy to spot.