Skoda Aims to Dethrone The Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus ST by Hybridizing the Octavia vRS in 2021
Skoda will take the hybrid route for the 2021 Octavia by electrifying the RSby Sidd Dhimaan, on
According to Christian Strube, Skoda’s head of research and development, the fourth-generation Octavia might go hybrid; and since Octavia has been one of the longest and the strongest selling models in the company’s line-up for quite some time, it’ll be the vRS version that gets its electric digs first.
Skoda is Aiming to Electrify the Whole Lineup
Skoda is one among many other car manufacturers that has plans to electrify its models.
The transformation within the company will start with the Superb that's scheduled to debut with a plug-in hybrid powertrain as part of its facelift next year.
The Kodiaq is next in line to take the same path, however, after getting the RS treatment. From 2020, we can expect the company to begin launching pure electric models as well.
The Octavia vRS Will Definitely Be Much Faster
In an interview with Autocar, Christian said that the Octavia RS is the likely candidate to go hybrid -“perhaps in an RS version – because it’s a good mix between sustainably and performance.” To compete strongly, it’s only logical for the car to get more powerful. C
urrently, the Skoda Octavia RS features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that produces 242 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. So, the 2021 Octavia RS will have higher power output.
Also contributing to this would be the new MQB platform that it will be based on. The present Octavia RS sprints from naught to 62 in 6.6 seconds. This figure will also get better, thanks to the superb (pun intended) low-end torque available in cars with electric motors.
We Need More Details About This
Even though there are no concrete details available about the hybrid setup, Autocar believes it will use an uprated configuration of what the Superb plug-in will get next year.
Strube said the company’s electrified flagship will have the same setup seen in the Vision RS Concept that was displayed at the Paris Motor Show.
The Vision RS featured a 1.5-liter, turbocharged, engine with an electric motor that churned out a combined output of 241 horses, with no details about the amount of torque available.
Skoda is also planning for fully electric RS cars from its stable. Well, so are we. Do you think electrifying the RS models is a good idea? I’m a little skeptical because one part of me says that the RS badges are known for their raw power and grunt when the pedal is floored, so why mess with them instead of the regular models? But on the other hand, the low-end torque available with RS power will be something on a different level altogether. What are your thoughts on the same? Share them with us through the comments section below.
Read our full review on the 2018 Skoda Vision RS.
Read our full review on the 2017 Skoda Octavia.