Test location: Aamby Valley Airstrip
Photography: Skoda Auto India
THE OCTAVIA RS 245 IS THE most hardcore vRS model yet; the most expensive too. Its predecessor, the RS 230 enjoyed a cult following, and despite the hiked prices the new one too garnered strong response with all 200 cars sold out when it went on sale. However the pandemic that followed meant there are still a handful of cars up for grabs. And with that bit of perspective out of the way, let’s dive right into the more exciting bits.
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