The Volkswagen Group brand Skoda has acquired a highly sporty image with its RS models. These are particularly popular for the bestselling Octavia, where, for gasoline engines, the RS code represents the 2.0 TSI with 245 HP (180 kW). "Our auxiliary ABT Engine Control unit adds an extra 45 HP to the already quite potent Octavia," explains CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt: "This allows it to stand up even to much larger vehicles on the freeway." The ABT Power boost therefore delivers an impressive 290 HP (213 kW). At the same time, the maximum torque is increased from 370 Nm to 410 Nm. But with the world's largest tuner for vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi Group, driving pleasure starts at an even lower level. The catalog for the current Skoda Octavia (5E07) also offers ABT Power for the 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI. The strongest diesel with 184 HP (135 kW), which is also available as an RS model, receives an increase to an impressive 210 HP (154 kW). The maximum torque increases from 380 Nm to 420 Nm, making the diesel even stronger than the gasoline RS model in this respect.
To ensure seamless transition of the action into corners, ABT Sportsline offers ABT suspension springs for the particularly popular station wagon. They lower the car by 25 mm at the front and by 30 mm at the rear. The Bavarian tuner also supplies the ABT sport anti rollbar for all body variants, for front drive and all-wheel drive. In contrast to a lowering kit, the components are almost invisible at the front and rear axle, but provide clearly more driving pleasure. They reduce the longitudinal rotation by creating a relatively stiff connection between the left and right suspension side of an axle. This mostly eliminates unwanted rolling motions. Other positive effects can be felt when during steering and in the distribution of the wheel loads.
But speaking of wheels: ABT Sportsline offers a large range of designs and sizes for the Skoda Octavia. "These give the already very sporty RS an even more dynamic and stylish look," explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. While the ABT DR rim is painted in mystic black, the ER-C, which can be seen on the grey photo car, comes in matt black. Both are available in 18 or 19-inch sizes. The most state-of-the-art wheel in the range – the ABT GR – is exclusively available as a 20-inch model for a truly impressive appearance. While the blue photo car features the matt black version with diamond-machined surface, the wheels are also available in glossy black with diamond-machined rim flange. This styling and the added driving pleasure turn the bestselling Skoda Octavia into a true individualist.