Škoda Ireland has confirmed the end of production of one of their most iconic model variants.
The Octavia RS TDI diesel will cease production in early 2024.
- Škoda RS (Rally Sport) dates back to 1974
- Automotive trends and climate legislation have led manufacturers to review product offerings
- Current generation Octavia RS will be the final act for fast diesel Škodas
- Škoda Ireland launching new RS runout colour, Cosmic Green
- Early ordering advised for limited production run
The history of the RS (Rally Sport) letter combination dates back to 1974, with the development of the 180 RS and 200 RS rally prototypes. Legendary status was secured for Škoda RS models by the 130 RS, with wins at the Monte Carlo and Acropolis Rallies in 1979, followed by gold at the European Touring Car Championship in 1981.
The Škoda RS name re-emerged in 2000 when the Octavia RS was unveiled to coincide with the brand’s entry into the WRC (World Rally Championship). The second generation Octavia RS was launched in 2007 powered by a diesel powertrain for the very first time. The 2.0 TDI, 170bhp unit delivered performance, economy and practicality, making the Octavia RS an instant success.
A third generation Octavia RS followed in 2013 and brought increased power (184bhp) and the option of a 4×4 transmission. It was another success story for the Czech brand here in Ireland.
The fourth generation model introduced plug-in-hybrid technology for the first time. However, the new diesel 2.0 TDI, 200bhp, with 7-speed DSG transmission was the customer favourite with fuel economy of 5.1 litres per 100 kilometre, 245kph top speed and 0-100km acceleration time of 7.4 seconds.
Sadly, the fourth and current generation diesel Octavia RS will be the final act for high-powered, fast Škoda’s bearing the RS lettering. Current trends toward electrification and the introduction of new emissions legislation has led to many manufacturers reviewing their product offerings and the RS is no exception.
Priced from €49,445, the Octavia RS diesel will cease production in early 2024 with no plan to re-introduce a successor. Škoda has a loyal following and the brand expects many customers to migrate to the more expensive Octavia 2.0, 245bhp TSI RS petrol variant or to the larger Superb Sportline model.
Commenting on the move to discontinue the diesel RS, Ray Leddy, Head of Product and Marketing at Škoda Ireland, said: “The Octavia RS diesel, in Hatchback or Combi has brought joy to many motorists. Few cars can match its common sense practicality and driving enjoyment. Early in 2024 after 16 years of production, the very last Octavia RS diesel will roll off the production line. To mark this occasion we are launching a special run out colour, unique to Ireland called Cosmic Green. For anybody who has considered owning a diesel Octavia RS, the window is closing fast. Production is limited so I would urge interested parties to contact their local Škoda dealer to secure one of the last of the fast diesels.”