Skoda Octavia RS245 in Australia from November, 2018 VW Polo due first quarter - Top 10 Listverse Car Review UFO Alien

Skoda Octavia RS245 in Australia from November, 2018 VW Polo due first quarter


The hot new Skoda Octavia RS45 will hit Australia in November, while the now not-so-compact new 2018 Volkswagen Polo will touch down in the first quarter of next year.

Timing for both models was confirmed today by Paul Pottinger, communications manager for Volkswagen Group Australia, which also manages the Skoda brand here.

Full local details on the powered-up Octavia RS are still to be finalised, although Pottinger told CarAdvice today that despite earlier hopes to offer both manual and DSG auto options in Australia, we can now expect only the latter.


Last time, it was the reverse, with the special RS230 offered here in manual form only.

The company is also yet to confirm if the RS245 will enter as a permanent member of the local range, so a limited initial allocation may be on the cards.

Revealed in February, the RS245 is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that featured in the RS230, but with outputs boosted to 180kW and 370Nm – up from 169kW and 350Nm. (This same tune also drives the Golf GTI Performance Edition 1, while the regular Octavia RS now gets the 230’s tune.)

Skoda says the RS245 will hit 100km/h in 6.6 seconds, shaving a hair from the 6.7-second run claimed by the RS230.

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2018 VW Polo here early next year


As for the new Volkswagen Polo, a new teaser has surfaced online this week, in the form of a simple but revealing outline of the hatch’s silhouette.

Of course, with spy photos published recently, along with photos of an almost entirely undisguised example of the new hatch, there is little left to be seen.

Mechanical and powertrain details are still to come, although it is known the new Polo will be larger than the outgoing model, riding on a shortened version of the MQB platform that underpins the current Golf.

Indeed, speaking with CarAdvice today, Volkswagen Australia communications manager Paul Pottinger said the new Polo has become known internally as “Golf Junior”, with comparisons made to the fourth-generation Golf.


Pottinger also confirmed we can expect “a couple” of petrol variants in the range, but, as with the current model, no diesel will be offered.

A hero GTI variant will again feature, but we won’t see it in Australia until the third quarter of next year.

On the limited-edition style side, a ‘Beats’ edition will feature either from launch or shortly after.

In its previous 81TSI Comfortline-based form, the Polo Beats added a 300-watt sound system, contrasting door mirrors, body decals, darkened tail lights, 16-inch alloys with a Syenit alloy wheels, sports seats with Alcantara trim and beats logos, fake leather door trims and red cabin stitching.

The new Polo will be revealed in the coming days.

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