Next-gen Skoda Octavia RS to pack 180kW. Also offered in PHEV

Skoda has released some juicy details of its upcoming fourth-generation Octavia RS ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Besides revealing the Octavia RS petrol will pack a 2.0-litre TSI engine pumping out 180kW, the new RS will also receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, to be known as the Octavia RS iV.

First up the RS petrol. It will be offered with a choice of a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In European markets, the RS petrol will also be joined by a diesel variant with a 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 147kW and connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch.

As for the RS iV, a leaked document suggests it will be powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine married to an undisclosed electric hybrid system to produce 112kW, driving through a 6-speed dual-clutch.

In an unusual move, the RS iV plug-in hybrid will launch first in early June, follow by the conventionally powered RS.

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