For U.S. residents, the Skoda model is totally unknown. Initially based within the Czech Republic again within the 19th century, the model is generally recognized and beloved in Europe, having a protracted custom behind it. Nevertheless, it didn’t actually develop when it comes to gross sales and recognition till the Volkswagen group purchased it. Now, the Octavia is without doubt one of the best-selling vehicles on the previous continent. Moreover, they even develop their very own sport line beneath the RS badge.
The Octavia RS is principally a Golf GTI with a special physique type. It makes use of lots of its underpinnings and the identical 2-liter petrol engine with over 200 HP in inventory guise. What we now have right here although is not any abnormal Skoda Octavia RS although.
In response to the individuals over at Autocar India, the Skoda lining up on the beginning line is tuned to make about 400 HP. That’s practically double the facility it got here with from the manufacturing facility. Will that be sufficient to beat its rival right here over the standing 1/four mile race?
On the opposite facet of the monitor we now have the brand new plug-in hybrid alternative within the BMW 7 Series vary. That is the BMW 745Le mannequin which is the lengthy wheelbase model. That makes it significantly heavier than the Skoda, tipping the scales at over 2 tons, whereas the Octavia doesn’t go a lot over 1,600 kilos.
However, the BMW has different methods up its sleeve. It has a 3-liter straight six engine beneath the hood and an electrical motor to assist out. Moreover, it has all-wheel drive to assist launch all of it.
General, the BMW can depend on 394 HP and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque and can do 62 mph from standstill in simply over 5 seconds. That may show instrumental, as you’re about to see. The BMW predictably wins the 1/four mile race however by a smidge.
Off the road it was clearly quicker, helped by AWD and the electrical torque. Nevertheless, the lighter Skoda was catching up in the direction of the top and, if this was a half of mile race, it might’ve received.