The aftermarket specialist, a well-known tuner of VW group brands, has again worked its magic to deliver an abundance of power out of the 2.0 TSI engine fitted inside the engine bay of the Czech Octavia RS.

They also opted for a stealth appearance – mostly leaving alone the design of this facelifted Skoda Octavia RS, and also choosing the family-oriented station wagon version. We did notice the arrival of blacked-out 19-inch wheels and a lower ride height that comes from the use of a stiffer sports suspension. Instead, they focused on the internals – the turbocharged, four-cylinder gasoline engine has been taken from its standard configuration of 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque to a total of 315 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).

ABT makes a “sleeper” out of the Skoda Octavia RS 3

That’s courtesy of ABT’s custom engine control module, bringing performance specifications up by 85 hp and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) – though no figures about acceleration times and top speed have been advanced by the outlet. This clearly makes the Octavia RS a worthy alternative – especially in the practical combi derivative – to a 300-hp SEAT Leon ST Cupra, or the utterly expensive 310-hp Golf R Variant, though the latter does have the advantage of a standard 4Motion system.


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