Škoda is set to launch another new model, the Octavia RS, a new performance hatchback, which goes on sale on May 12.
The Octavia RS is the fastest and most powerful, road-going car produced by Škoda yet. Its 1.8 20V 180 bhp turbo-charged engine, delivers a top speed of 146 mph. The lowered and stiffened suspension adds to the sporty driving feel and appearance, and provides a very low drag co-efficient.
Its large front bumper and air intake, sports alloy wheels with green painted brake callipers, rear spoiler, wide stainless steel tailpipe and RS badging are all designed to mark it as a performance car.
On the inside there are sports seats trimmed in leather and metallic mesh upholstery, steel pedals, steel rimmed dials and leather hand brake, gear lever, and steering wheel all telling the same story.
Standard equipment includes advanced electronic handling and stability features such as ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution (EBS) and anti-spin regulation (ASR) for improved driving safety. For comfort and driving pleasure the Octavia RS features climate control, a radio cassette with six CD changer and remote central locking are standard.
The Octavia RS will challenge its competitors in the sports saloon segment, including the Nissan Primera Sport, the Renault Laguna II Privilege, Peugeot 406 SRI, Subaru Impreza 2.0 GX and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The Octavia RS (pictured) is priced at £15,100.