Skoda testing Octavia RS280 sleeper wagon
Spied undergoing testing in Europe with minimal camouflage, this hotter version of the Octavia RS wagon is tipped to be packing the more potent 2.0-liter turbo four with 276 horsepower (280 by the metric system) from the Seat Leon Cupra 280 that topped the Nürburgring leaderboards for front-drivers before Renault knocked it off its perch. That'd make it significantly more powerful than the existing Octavia RS into which Škoda packs the same engine with 217 hp (or alternatively the diesel version with 181 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque) – skipping the intermediate steps in a similar approach to that which Jaguar took to make the XFR-S Sportbrake.
To go with the extra power, the hot Czech wagon appears to be riding on a beefed-up suspension with the wheels from the Audi TT RS, along with more aggressive aero and quad exhaust tips, not to mention a sinister matte black treatment with blacked-out brightwork. Expected to debut sometime next year, the Octavia RS280 (or RS+) would offer an even more compelling sleeper package that we only wish we could get our hands on Stateside.
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