Haven't you been waiting for this? Well, it's a dream. I can confidently claim this to be the perfect performance saloon for less than half a crore rupees. Here is why.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is marvelous. Pumping out 227bhp of power at 5500rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1250rpm, the four cylinder engine feels seamless as it works in tandem with the six-speed DSG.
The power delivery is relentless with the torque kicking in right from the start and the power taking over as you move up the rev range. You step on it and it pushes you back into the seat till you get well past 100kmph. The gearing is tall as the RS tops out at a limited 250kmph but works rather well in the city limits thanks to the torque. As you rev it hard, the throaty thrum from the exhaust becomes audible.
The cabin is well insulated and we are happy it lets a few things through. For example, through the purry braap when you hit the limiter sounds engineered, it adds to the sportiness of the RS. Also, you won’t miss out on the generous tyre squeal that the Hankook tyres emit. We would have loved to hear the turbo whistle, but I might be getting a bit carried away now.
Back to the RS, despite its weight, it feels nimble thanks to its variable rate steering that weighs up well at high speeds. At low speeds, it is quick and goes from lock to lock in two turns. At higher speeds, it becomes slower to aid the stability.
Speaking about which, the Octavia RS is rock solid at any given speeds, be it the straights or around the corners. The suspension has been lowered 15mm as compared to the stock car and it reflects in the composure of the car when you flick it from one corner to another. It is stiffer than the standard car but the ride is surprisingly pliant in spite of the absence of the adaptive dampers even at low speeds.
With such potent power and dynamic ability, stopping prowess becomes crucial and the Octavia RS excels here as well. The brakes are bigger and bite hard to drop anchor quickly and do not fade easily as well. They are progressive and offer enough feedback despite the brake assist.