En­gi­neers whip up lit­tle beauty in five-day tweak

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

IT TOOK just five days to pull off, but Skoda Aus­tralia en­gi­neers – in a world coup – have pro­duced a one-off RS Oc­tavia that shows the car has much more to of­fer.

The team of en­gi­neers were given a free hand to tin­ker with the RS.

The RS-P (P for project) had its first on-track out­ing at Cam­den air­port, near Syd­ney, with en­gi­neers eval­u­at­ing its ride and han­dling.

The RS was given mas­sive brakes, a 14-way ad­justable sus­pen­sion so en­gi­neers could ad­just the ride height, damp­en­ing and re­bound rates, a larger ex­haust sys­tem and sub­stan­tial brac­ing.

No changes were made to the en­gine – that comes next – al­though a new air fil­ter and changes to the ex­haust have al­ready lifted power from the 2-litre TSI petrol en­gine from 147kW in the stan­dard RS to 154kW.

Motoring jour­nal­ists were given track rides and the ver­dict from the passenger seat: there’s still some un­der­steer is­sues, but the car’s han­dling and brak­ing is awe­some.

Skoda plans to de­velop the RS-P fur­ther but is keep­ing tight lipped as to its fu­ture.

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