Renowned car manufacturer from the Czech Republic, Skoda, designates the faster, harder and more performance-focussed versions of their regular hatchbacks and sedans with the RS badge. This is a chapter that can trace its roots back 40 years to 1974 to 2 cars with motorsports pedigree- the Skoda 200 RS and the Skoda 180 RS.
The Skoda 200 RS was powered by a 2.0 litre, 161 bhp engine that was good for a top speed of 210 kph. But one of the more famous RS cars was the 220 kph Skoda 130 RS built in 1975. This car, with its 1.3 litre, 138 bhp engine won the Monte Carlo Rally of 1977 and the European Touring Car Championship of 1981. After this, the RS epoch was on a hiatus for nearly 2 decades.
By the year 2000, Skoda had been acquired by Volkswagen and RS brand was reborn as the fabulous Skoda Octavia vRS, a car that was powered by a 177 bhp petrol engine. 3 years later, a diesel burner wore the RS badge – the 128 bhp Skoda Fabia RS.
The latest car to join the RS fleet is the new Skoda Octavia. This car is not available in India yet but in other markets, the Octavia RS is available either with a 2.0 litre, 217 bhp petrol engine or a 2.0 litre, 181 bhp, TDI diesel motor.