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Skoda seems to be on a roll at the moment. Just to jog your memory, it was back in February that it unveiled the vRS 230, which was powered by a 230 PS 2.0 litre turbo charged engine, good enough to achieve the century sprint in 6.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 249 km/h.

Now, we have the latest news on another Skoda variant. It may not be as blisteringly quick as the vRS 230, but the Octavia RS is impressive nonetheless. Available as either a Sedan or a Combi (wagon), the sporty yet practical offering now comes with all-wheel drive.

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The Octavia RS diesel 2.0 TDI is the first variant to feature AWD, and the 184 hp and 380 Nm oil burner is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG). Performance specs include a 0 to 100 sprint time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 228 km/h.

According to the company, the third-generation Octavia that was launched back in 2013 has sold more than 58,000 units worldwide. While the Octavia models have always been about space and functionality; it is interesting to note that the RS badge symbol first appeared on its racing cars in the 1970s and 1980s like the 130 RS, 180 RS and 200 RS.

The Skoda Octavia RS